Posted by: briellethefirst | June 3, 2011

Cheese Crisps

Also called Quesadillas. This is the first of my one-handed gourmet things. While I’m temporarily a leftie I figured others might appreciate some ideas. As long as you can get into the flour or whole-wheat tortilla package you should be OK on this. Take a frying pan big enough to hold the tortilla. Melt some fat in it. Your choice. Mom used Crisco ™, I use it too, but the butter flavoured kind. Some people also use lard, butter or bacon fat. Bacon fat is really yummy! Anyway, fry the tortilla in the fat in the pan over medium heat. Both sides. Turn it often and deflate the bubbles that will happen. Use enough fat and press it down so you get as even a browning as possible, since the point is to have a cheese crisp, not a cheese wimpy or a cheese burnt! When done take it out and drain on a paper towel.

At this point you can make it a desert by ignoring the cheese and sprinkling the fried tortilla with cinnamon and sugar. Honey’s good too, or jam, syrup, or melt bits of grated chocolate on it with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Now back to the original thought. Either grate cheese (hard if you only have one functioning hand), so use a food processor or open the bag of grated cheese. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the tortilla. Some people like less cheese that gets kind of brown and crispy under the broiler while other people like more cheese that stays soft and melty on a crispy tortilla. Melt the cheese under the broiler, salt, cut and serve. Keep an eye on it, it’s easy to lose track of time and end up with carbon and smoke! If you’re making it as part of a Mexican food dinner wait til last so you’re not distracted cooking other stuff.

You can add onions, mushrooms, olives, salsa verde, salsa, different cheeses, sour cream, bits of meat (bacon’s yummy!) or just eat them plain. If you can open the tortilla and cheese packages with one hand you can do this single-handed. Have fun.


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