quesadillas for a lunch party at work
I volunteered to bring quesadillas & salsa for a lunch party at work. I've got 2 questions.
1. Do I prepare at home the night before and reheat in microwave? Or assemble at work and cook in microwave at work?
2. I need subtly show off recipes. Can't be too amazing as it may appear that I'm better at my hobby than my real job (alas, dreadfully true, these days). I'd like them to vegetarian and perhaps slightly healthy. Perhaps sweet potato, black bean, chipotle and cheddar quesadillas with pico de gallo salsa. Or maybe something with roasted scallions and goat cheese with a radish salsa. I can get ok corn and flour tortillas, but not great ones.
I don't know if it qualifies as quesadillas in your book, but I often just fold a flour tortilla around some filling, and zap it until the cheese melts.
I'd use a small George Forman or waffle iron with reversible grill plates instead of a microwave, if possible. An electric fry pan would even be better than a microwave. All of those options would be easy if you have an electrical outlet. One of the best parts is the outside of the tortillas, slightly crispy as opposed to steamed, which is what you will get with a micro. They will be floppy and hard to eat.
Do not prepare in advance, but have everything prepped and ready to go. Then just assemble and grill. The crusty tortilla will help when cut into wedges and picking up with one's fingers.
America's Test Kitchen's recipe for Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas is really good - the toasted corn kernels and garlic make it different from your average quesadilla. Serve it with sour cream, guac, and chopped tomatoes w/diced onions.
This recipe looks pretty close to the original http://amyscott.squarespace.com/journ....