Thursday, June 26, 2008

Recipe Thursday: Spanish Ham and Cheese Quesadillas

For this week's recipe, I decided to go with a Rachael Ray 15 minute meal. With all the hustle and bustle of the summer, I figured a quick meal was in order. Hope you like it.

Quesadillas:

4 Large Flour Tortillas
Cooking Spray
1/4 cup Spanish Olives with pimiento, chopped
8 marinated mushrooms drained and sliced
Flat leaf parsley, a handful chopped
8 slices Serrano ham or Prosciutto
1/2 pound Fontina cheese, thinly sliced

Salad:
1 small shallot, grated
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Hearts of Romaine lettuce, chopped
1/4 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
4 roasted Spanish piquillo peppers, or 2 roasted red peppers
1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds

Preheat oven to 250. Preheat a foil lined baking sheet in the middle of the oven.
Preheat a skillet over medium hight heat
Spray tortilla lightly with cooking spray and place in hot skillet.
Heat until it starts to blister, about 1 minute, then flip it over
Top 1/2 of the tortilla with one quarter of the olives, mushrooms,and parsley.
Top with two slices of cheese and ham.
Fold the tortilla over and cook for another minute on each side to melt the cheese
Transfer to warm oven and repeat with remaining tortillas and filling

For the salad, combine the shallot and the vinegar and whisk in the Olive Oil
Combine the Hearts of Romaine, cucumber, peppers and almonds in a bowl and toss with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper.

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