I still consider myself a relative newcomer to this whole blogging thing, and I really enjoy getting new visitors to my blog. I feel like I've been operating in a bubble, because I'm just now starting to learn more about the vast community of food bloggers out there.
And I just wanted to say a quick thank you to those of you who take the time to read my rambling thoughts and leave kind comments (and give me awards, like girlichef!). I can't wait to read more of your own blogs. I'm already sucked in to so many of the recipes with their purty pictures.
Speaking of awards -- again, bubble -- do I pass those on to others? Anybody know? Bueller? Bueller? I eagerly await instructions.
In the meantime, quesadillas! I love them, and I fill them with everything, from my favorite I'm-home-sick-with-a-cold quesadillas (chicken, pepperjack, chile, and lime) to pizza quesadillas (pepperoni, cheese, and Italian seasoning, dipped in pizza sauce).
I also like stumbling upon more unique cominations. The hubby's favorite is a roasted potato and black bean concoction, which I almost made tonight, until he told me he's anti-quesadilla these days. (I think it's sympathy food aversions. He's very sweet.) So I made one of my favorite quesadillas, instead.
I found the idea for this recipe when I first started cooking, and it was either from Pillsbury or Betty Crocker, which was all I was brave enough to attempt at the time. And I've served these at countless parties since. You can't go wrong with quesadillas for a crowd, and if they've got bacon in them, all the better.
Note that I've always cooked my quesadillas in a dry skillet, sans fat, and I've never had a problem getting them cooked to perfection (it seems like an easy way to cut out some fat). But if you prefer to cook them in some oil or spread butter on the outsides, be my guest.
Chile, Cheese, and Bacon Quesadillas
4 8-9" flour tortillas
8 slices bacon, cooked until crisp
1 4-oz. can chopped green chiles
1 2.25-oz can sliced black olives
2 c. sharp cheddar cheese
Salsa, for dipping (optional)
1. Preheat a dry, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Lay tortillas flat on a work surface. Top half of each tortilla with strips of bacon, crumbled, some green chiles and black olives (to taste), and about 1/2 c. cheese.
3. Fold tortillas over. Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden and crispy.
4. Slice into wedges before serving.