This recipe has been born out of a plain and simple need to lay out something filling and nutritious when you have a finger food menu, or when you need to contribute to a potluck and need to make a fair number of these, quite quickly.
You could, of course, do this the conventional way but I find this method much easier. I’m no good at cutting quesadillas neatly and I always end up with higgledy piggledy pieces with unequally distributed filling. The quesadillas quarters is my quick fix method.
This recipe can be easily multiplied.
What you will need:
10 whole wheat chapatis or tortilla halves (that’s 5 chapatis/ tortillas in total)
5-6 tablespoons, pizza or pasta sauce (I used a tomato-basil version.)
150 gms of a filling of your choice (meat, colourful veggies – you choose)
100-120 grams of grated cheddar
1 teaspoon Fajita spice mix or paprika
2 tablespoons of oil
2 baking trays, one slightly smaller than the other
What you need to do:
- Pre heat oven to Gas 7 (420 F or 220 C) with both the baking trays in it.
- Lay the tortilla halves on a plate or your clean counter top. (I used whole wheat chapatis.)
3. Spread the sauce all over. Add the filling on one half, sprinkle with grated cheese and the fajita spice mix. Then fold the other half of the tortilla over the filling.
4. Place the quarter on to a well greased baking tray.
5. Continue until you have the required number of quarters or until your tray is full.
6. Drizzle some oil over the quesadilla quarters and then place the smaller tray over them as a weight.
7. Place the trays in the oven for about 10-15 minutes.
8. Serve hot.
1. Ensure that your filling is chopped into bite sized pieces so that the filling does not tumble out mid-bite. There’s nothing worse at a finger food buffet than trying to juggle some sparkling conversation with an errant mouthful.
2. Divide your filling into the number of quesadilla pieces so that you end up with evenly filled quarters.
3. I have tried this on a skillet and timed it too. It takes the same time to make 2-3 quarters on a skillet as it did to bake 8 in the oven. No brainer, this one. Plus, the baked ones were a lot crispier.