Our Thanksgiving main event begins early afternoon, with turkey and all the side dishes. The traditional snacking and grazing continues until it’s time to re-heat everything for dinner. And later, that inevitable trip to the kitchen in the middle of the night. What to whip up? These quick and easy quesadillas using leftovers are the way to go.
Leftover turkey with sliced granny smith apple and red onion……..
……..and cheese……leftover cheese ball, cheese cubes from the relish tray, or any cheese you like…..
………with your favorite bbq sauce creates a savory-sweet zesty combination. Above is sweet dark molasses bbq sauce, any kind will do.
A tortilla goes into the skillet, buttered side down. Spread with sauce and add the cheese.
Top with apple and onion slices. (If you want more heat and a kick, add sliced jalapeno or pinch of cayenne.)
Then the second tortilla goes on top, buttered side up. Cook at medium heat for 3 or 4 minutes until the cheese begins to melt. Then flip using a large spatula and cook 2 more minutes. If you begin to flip it and it falls apart, let it cook longer so the cheese melts enough to hold everything together, then flip it.
Tip: cover with a lid as it cooks, the cheese will melt faster.
Use a very sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut into pie shaped wedges. It will crunch as you slice. Using a skillet is so much better than putting it in a microwave and missing out on that crunchy buttery bite.
Mix crema (or sour cream) with the juice and zest of 2 limes….
…..and drizzle over the top, along with matchstick cut apples and finely diced onion. Lots of flavor for such a simple meal. First you taste that creamy zesty lime, then buttery crunch of tortilla. Next comes bbq turkey, snap of green apple and onion and finally gooey cheese. Serve with a side of bbq sauce (or pico de gallo, or salsa) and everyone will congratulate you on your lickety-split leftovers quesadillas.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, and that we all have many opportunities to tell the people in our lives all of things we’re thankful for. After all, gratitude is the memory of the heart. Here’s a quote that’s been on my mind all week….
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything thy goodness sends.
— by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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