Lifestyle

Mexican sandwich makes for one tasty cheese quesadilla

Spinach and cheese quesadilla.
Spinach and cheese quesadilla.

MEXICAN food has become a part of our everyday cuisine in Australia.

There is a vast difference between the fast food variety bought from chain outlets and the real deal from Mexico, just as real American southern fried chicken differs from that served by the Colonel and a true Aussie burger tastes nothing like the product that emerges from the golden arches.

While beans and cheese do feature in everyday Mexican cuisine, there are many more parts to the picture.

A mole is a rich savoury sauce made with bitter chocolate that is served with meat; a combination developed by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans.

From this part of the world also came peanuts, the all-important corn, vanilla and coconut.

When the Spanish conquistadores arrived they introduced pork, beef, wine, vinegar and cheese, which were all embraced by the locals and integrated into their cuisine.

The one thread that runs through authentic Mexican food is fresh colourful ingredients, prepared simply.

Today's recipe is for the Mexican version of a cheese sandwich, the quesadilla (pronounced kay-sa-DEE-yah).

Flavoursome and quick to prepare, quesadilla can be served as a light lunch or with a salad on the side for a more substantial meal.

You can omit the chilli powder if you prefer.

 

Spinach and cheese quesadilla

Serves eight

 

Ingredients

1 large fresh cob of corn OR 1 can corn niblets, drained

100g baby spinach leaves, washed and patted dry

3/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese

1/4 tspn chilli powder

1 cup red kidney beans, drained

3 green onions, chopped

1 yellow or red capsicum, seeded and diced

1/2 cup grated tasty Cheddar

16 soft corn tortillas

olive oil spray

1 ripe avocado, seeded and peeled

juice of 1 lime

1/2 bunch fresh coriander, a little salsa and sour cream, to serve

 

Method 

Blanch fresh corn in boiling water for two minutes if using and remove niblets with a sharp knife. Set aside.

Finely chop spinach leaves and scrape into a bowl; add cottage cheese and chilli powder and mix well. You can also do this step in a food processor.

Combine beans, green onions and capsicum in a small bowl.

Preheat grill on high.

Assemble quesadilla on a baking tray: place eight tortillas on tray and spread each with spinach mixture.

Top with bean mixture and scatter with Cheddar then place remaining tortillas on top. Spray lightly with olive oil.

Place under hot grill for 4-5 minutes or until quesadilla are lightly browned on top.

Dice avocado and squeeze with lime juice. Combine with blanched corn or drained canned corn and scatter over quesadilla.

Drizzle with a little salsa and sour cream.

Serve immediately with fresh coriander leaves on top.

 

>> To read more lifestyle stories

Topics:  cooking easy eating food lifestyle mexican recipes



It's bigger and better than ever

HONOURED: Past winner Leigh-Anne Hargreaves with her work "Poppy Bella”.

Ipswich Art awards return

Generous pay cheque for dull ideas

Australia Post.

I wouldn't mind $4.4 million a year

Sportsbet installs LNP as favourites at next election

SPEAKING OUT: Sean Choat agrees with Sportsbet on the LNP being favourite to form government at the next state election, but says the party must learn lessons from the past.

Choat agrees with bookies but insists lessons of past must be heeded

Local Partners

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

WARNING: 'Sardine city' is on Ipswich's horizon

CONCERNED: The implications of the State's move to denser housing developments has Cr David Pahlke up in arms.

But Antoniolli says council can manage State's denser housing edict

Grand re-launch for new Nolan's Corner

GRAND PARTY: Wayne Kemp and Angela Love from Poison Arrow, Eliza Woodruffe from Limestone Emporium, Tess Claris from Voice Hair and Beauty and Kim Schubel from Schudio will all be at the grand launch party.

A feat worth celebrating

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!