Pizza Quesadillas

Pizza Quesadillas

Whilst trolling the interwebs for something yummy, I came across this great recipe for pizza quesadillas. Think Totino’s pizza rolls, but bigger and healthier with real pepperoni and cheese. I’ve made these several times since then since it’s such a quick dinner. So quick, I often forget that I need to flip and end up with slightly-burned quesadillas. It adds to the flavor, I tell myself.

Source: Snixy Kitchen

Substitute your favorite pizza toppings - sausage, olives, mushrooms, onions, green pepper, bacon...the possibilities are endless.

Start with your basic pizza ingredients – sauce, seasoning, toppings, and cheese – and add tortillas in whatever size. I used really big tortillas because I spend less time cooking by making three large quesadillas instead of six small ones.

Don't over-do the sauce. Just enough to give some flavor and some "stick" for the rest of the toppings.

Spread 1-2 tablespoons of tomato or pizza sauce, layer on pepperoni, and top with some Italian seasonings. If you don’t have a good Italian blend, substitute a sprinkle of oregano, basil, and a smidge of fennel.

This time I used some whole-fat Kasar cheese, thinly sliced, for some extra flavor. Try to use shredded or paper-thin slices of cheese since it needs to melt rather quickly.

Top with cheese of your choice. Any cheese will work, but mozzarella will give that authentic pizza taste.

You're probably thinking "That escalated quickly." Truth is, tortillas in a pan are boring and difficult to compose in a photograph well.
Cover with a second tortilla and cook over medium heat in a large pan about 1-2 minutes each side – no need to use oil in the pan either. Be very careful if you’re using an electric stove – about 30 seconds for the second side is long enough. Use a large knife to cut into desired size.

Notice how slices 2 and 4 are slightly cripsy. They are the reverse side of that tortilla, and while shooting this, I was meanwhile burning another quesadilla even worse. Such is life.

Serve with additional sauce on the side for dipping.

My recipe:

  • 6 large (8-10″) tortillas
  • 1 can of traditional tomato sauce
  • 1/2 package of pepperoni
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Italian seasoning

Spread 1-2 tablespoons of tomato sauce on a tortilla. Layer pepperoni, seasoning, and cheese. Cover with a second tortilla and cook over medium heat in large pan for 1-2 minutes each side or until cheese is melted. Cut into slices and serve with sauce on the side.

Makes 3 pizza quesadillas (enough for 2 adults).

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