If you want to make the best quesadilla you will need to take into account the technique and tools you will need to use, pick the right ingredients for the filling, and learn how to cook it properly so that it ends up being flavorful, crunchy, and healthy. You may also use a quesadilla maker since it makes it easier to prepare that perfect quesadilla.
Use the proper technique
While there are many ways for you to make quesadillas depending on the tools and ingredients you have available, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind if you wish to make a dish that your friends and family are going to love.
The first thing to consider is the tortillas you are going to use and while for most people, corn tortillas are their favorites since they are used in tacos, when making quesadillas, it’s better to go with flour tortillas. When cooking this cheesy dish, you need tortillas that are pliable and can hold the cheese and filling together. Flour tortillas can also withstand the flip better.
While it is tempting to use two tortillas, it’s better to use the half-moon technique since it allows for easier flip and it helps you get a final result that looks as good as it tastes. The half-moon technique requires you to spread the filling over half of the tortilla and then fold the other half over the filling and that will result in a quesadilla that is capable of holding together much better.
When it comes to flipping the quesadilla over, it is best to use a spatula and fish spatulas, in particular, tend to be the ideal option in this situation. Using a fork or other utensils can make it easier to pierce the tortilla accidentally and make the filling flow all over and mess up your skillet.
Know your filling
Overstuffing the quesadilla is another thing that many people tend to do but they may not be aware that it can also affect the taste and look of the dish. A quesadilla is best when you keep it a bit lighter and you don’t go overboard with too much filling. One good way to go about it is to prepare your filling ahead of time.
By preparing your filing separately and ahead of time you can make sure that you get equal parts cheese to protein or/and vegetable, depending on what you prefer. Another important aspect is to make sure that you have enough cheese since too little of it can cause your filling to fall out.
Since we’re already talking about filling, it is worth mentioning another little detail that some people tend not to be aware of, and that is that seafood and fish are not recommended to be added to a quesadilla.
While proteins like pork, chicken, and duck together with toppings and veggies work wonderfully and can stand up to cheese, the flavor of fish will get lost immediately since the cheese will overpower it. That’s not to say that you can’t combine these ingredients if you like them, but if you want to make a dish for a group gathering, it is better to avoid fish or seafood.
You can also combine different ingredients depending on what flavor you intend to create. If you love bacon, you can add a few chopped up bites and some jalapeno slices, and use Cheddar cheese since it will go very well with the rest of your ingredients.
If you want to make a barbecue chicken quesadilla you can toss some shredded chicken breast together with a few drops of barbecue sauce, and for the cheese, you can try Monterey Jack.
We also recommend playing with the ingredients since if you’re cooking for yourself or your family, it’s easier to know what they like and what they don’t. You can create unique recipes that no one has even thought of and you should never be afraid to experiment. It’s only when you’re cooking for a special event and you can’t afford to mess up that you should play it safe.
Make healthy and fresh quesadillas
When cooking your quesadillas, it is important to remember that flour tortillas absorb a lot of oil and if you are not careful you can end up with a dish that is very queasy and unhealthy. Furthermore, it is recommended to use canola oil since olive oil has a flavor that is overpowering and it can mess up the taste of your quesadilla.
Additionally, flour tortillas can also burn quite easily, so if you want to prepare your quesadilla on a stove you should prepare it on medium heat. As a general rule, it should take around one minute to one minute and a half to get each side to that crispy and golden look, and your cheese perfectly melted.
You can also consider adding some fresh cheese to the mix since while it will take it longer to melt, fresh cheese can be mixed with any other types of melting cheeses and it will enhance the flavor of each bite. Some of the suggestions you can consider are Feta cheese, fresh goat cheese, Fromage Blanc, or Ricotta.
Quesadillas don’t always have to include meat, you can also add a bit of color and flavor by adding both fresh and cooked vegetables. This way your dish won’t just taste better, but it will also be healthier.
You can add fresh vegetables such as chilies, diced tomatoes, baby arugula or spinach. Cooked vegetables can also be included such as diced eggplants, roasted bell peppers, or sliced mushrooms. You may also include canned vegetables like black beans, corn, pinto beans, sliced black olives, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Finally, while it may be tempting to cook them ahead of time, you should always have your quesadillas fresh while they are hot, gooey, and crunchy. If you cook them ahead of time and let them cool, they will get soggy and the cheese will harden.
You can still pop them in the oven for a few minutes to warm them up, but they won’t have the same taste and textures as quesadillas that have just come fresh out of the pan or griddle.
Alternative ways to make quesadillas
While most people are familiar with using a pan, griddle or quesadilla maker, there are other ways for you to cook this delicious dish even if you don’t have the classic equipment at the ready. You can still make do with what you have available and prepare some cheesy snacks using your microwave or oven.
To prepare your quesadilla in the oven you should start by preheating it to 400°F (205°C). While the oven is preheating you should lightly grease a tortilla and set it down on a baking sheet. The greased side should be down since it helps make the quesadilla crispier.
You can now put your preferred filling, but make sure you add one layer of cheese, the rest of your ingredients on top of it and then finally a second layer of cheese to help glue it all together. You can use any type of shredded cheese you want.
If you are using meat or vegetables, you will need to make sure they are already cooked most of the way through since they’ll only cook partially in the oven. Cover the quesadilla with another tortilla and gently press it down so that the cheese can seal it.
You should bake the quesadilla for 5 minutes on one side and then flip it and return it to the oven for 5 more minutes. The quesadilla should now be thoroughly baked and you can take it out, put it on a plate with the help of a spatula and cut it into wedges like a pizza.
To prepare a quesadilla in a microwave oven you will need to follow the same instructions with the exceptions being that you will need to use a microwave-safe plate and place a paper towel underneath the tortilla to prevent it from getting soggy. The filling should be the same, with two layers of cheese on the top and bottom and the rest of the ingredients in the middle.
Once you have the filling ready, cover the quesadilla with another tortilla and press it lightly to seal it. Put the tortilla in the microwave and cook it for around one minute or until the cheese melts.
Finally, you should transfer the quesadilla to a new plate since the first one will probably be too hot to handle. Cut the quesadilla into wedges and serve it with your favorite toppings.