Spur-of-the-Moment Essentials: Pizza Quesadilla

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Made these yesterday as a kind of mid-day snack. Although it was raining, the temps were nice, so we just sat outside and enjoyed the weather. Since they were made individually, each of choose what we wanted in it, and then they were served with some of my homemade sauce.

I am going to show you how to cook them, and then give you ideas on what to put in them. Oh, and no sauce in the quesadilla, serve that on the side.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen

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Serves:
1
Prep:
5 Min
Cook:
10 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

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    street size flour tortillas, two per quesadilla
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    sweet butter, unsalted
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    plain mayonnaise, i prefer duke’s
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    cheese
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    meat, no meat
  • ·
    spices
  • ADDITIONAL ITEMS

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    beers
  • ·
    tomato sauce, on the side

How to Make Spur-of-the-Moment Essentials: Pizza Quesadilla

Step-by-Step

  1. You will need a skillet to make these yummy pizzas.

    Although they could be made in an air fryer, or even baked, I have not tried those methods, yet.
  2. Best Cheeses for Pizza
    Before making any pizza, you need cheese, but not just any old cheese, it is essential to understand what makes a cheese a good cheese for pizza.

    It needs to have:
    • Good browning capability without burning.

    • Just the right melting structure that will melt smoothly, and still retain a certain thickness.

    • Stretchability that leaves those yummy strands clinging to the pizza as you pull away your slice.

    • Low fat content helps the cheese to achieve that perfect stretch and melt

    • Low moisture levels helps the cheese develop that awesome browning without burning

    With that said, these are some of my favorite cheeses to use when making pizzas:
    • Mozzarella
    • Provolone
    • Parmesan
    • Gouda
    • Goat
    • Gruyere
    • Ricotta

    One more thing, never buy pre-shredded cheese, they come with things like cellulose (that comes from trees). Either cut off slices of fresh cheese from a bloc or shred your own.
  3. Best Meats for a Pizza
    Lots of good stuff out there… here are a few of my favorites:

    Pepperoni
    Pepperoni is a good call on any pizza. To get rid of some the excess grease I usually put them between two paper towels and nuke them for about 20 seconds before tossing them on the pie.

    Soppressata
    Similar to pepperoni, with a deeper flavor.

    Sausage
    A good Italian sausage is best if crumbled and spread all over the pizza; although, I sometimes like it in chunks. Do not forget to precook and drain as much of the excess grease as possible.

    Bacon
    Precooked, diced, and crispy, bacon is always a good choice

    Prosciutto
    Thinly sliced and spread over the pizza like a comforting blanket… Yummy.

    Meatballs
    Placed on the pie whole or sliced up. Italian pork/beef meatballs are the way to go.

    Chicken
    Cooked and shredded chicken with some Italian spices, or how about some buffalo chicken, served with some ranch dressing as a dipping sauce… Do I have your attention?
  4. The Best Spices for Pizza
    Here are a few of the spices that I like:
    • oregano
    • basil (fresh)
    • dried onion flakes
    • garlic powder
    • thyme
    • fennel
    • paprika
    • ground black pepper
  5. Dipping Sauce
    If I am not dipping my pizza into homemade ranch dressing, then it will be a yummy tangy pizza (red) sauce.

    Check these two out:
    Homemade Ranch Dressing with a Twist
    Italian Essentials: Awesome Pizza Sauce
  6. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  7. Add a tablespoon of butter to a skillet over medium heat.

    While the butter is melting, brush some mayo on one side of a tortilla.

    Add mayo-side down, then add the cheese and other good stuff.

    The mayo helps in the browning process, and adds rich/deep flavor.
  8. Brush some mayo on one side of another tortilla, and add to the top, mayo-side up.
  9. When browned, about 3 – 4 minutes, flip and brown the other side.

    Just look at that yummy melted cheese.
  10. FYI: The pizza quesadilla I photographed for this recipe was the one for my housekeeper… she just likes cheese. The rest of us are carnivores.
  11. PLATE/PRESENT
  12. Cut up and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy.
  13. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Spur-of-the-Moment Essentials: Pizza Quesadilla

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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