Thursday, June 5, 2008

sausage and pepper quesadillas

though you will frequently find me spending well over an hour on a weeknight dinner, i occasionally need something that is fast as well as satisfying. quesadillas are ready made for this purpose, being simple in both construction and ingredients. though these ingredients are a classic italian combination, they work equally well in this mexican preparation.

2 bell peppers, roughly chopped
1 large sweet onion, sliced
2 pre-cooked gourmet sausages (we use aidell's artichoke and garlic), chopped
4 large whole wheat flour tortillas
1 block of monterey jack cheese, grated
olive oil
salt and pepper

heat olive oil in a large pan over high heat. add the peppers and onions, and then salt to taste. Stir for about 5 to 8 minutes until the onions are softened and the peppers are beginning to caramelize. add in the chopped sausages and heat through, about 2 minutes.
remove the vegetables and sausage from the pan, and using a paper towel, wipe the pan clean. place a tortilla in the hot pan, add a layer of cheese (being sure to get close to the edges) and then a layer of the vegetables and sausage, and then another layer of the cheese, topping it all off with a tortilla. press down on the top of the tortilla, using pressure to "seal" the two tortillas with the melted cheese. let this cook for about 2 minutes, and then carefully flip. let it cook on the second side for one minute and then slide out onto a cutting board and slice into triangles.

you can top these with salsa, sour cream, hot sauce, or anything that suits your fancy. they are fast, nutritious, and delicious...what more could you ask for?
as an alternate, you can also cook these with fresh sausage, but you'll need to brown it before you cook the vegetables, removing it to sautee them, and then adding it back in to heat through.

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