Recipe courtesy of Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith

Topless Crispy Quesadilla with Cilantro Pesto and Mango Mojo on a Bed of Greens

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Cilantro Pesto:

1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper

Lime Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1 teaspoon Cilantro Pesto

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper

Mango Mojo:

1 ripe mango, peeled and sliced

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

1 tablespoon honey

Pinch salt

Quesadillas:

4 small flour tortillas

1 (12-ounce) package queso anejo

1 head Boston lettuce, washed and roughly torn

1 head red leaf lettuce, washed and roughly torn

Directions

Pesto:

Roughly chop the cilantro, making sure not to get too much of the stem. Place it in the bowl of a food processor along with the garlic, crushed red pepper, and coriander. With the processor running, add the oil in a slow stream. Let the processor run for about 30 seconds. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and pulse to combine. Set aside.

Vinaigrette:

Pour the lime juice into the cleaned bowl of the processor. Add the Cilantro Pesto and, with the processor running, add the oil in a slow stream. Process until the vinaigrette emulsifies. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and pulse. Set aside.

Mojo:

Place all the ingredients into the cleaned bowl of the processor and run until smooth. Set aside.

Assembly:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread a generous amount of pesto on each of the 4 tortillas, making sure that you spread the pesto almost to the edge of each tortilla. Shred a generous amount of the queso onto each tortilla. Spray a small saute pan with cooking spray and set it over moderately high heat for 2 minutes (you want to make sure the pan is very hot). Place 1 tortilla, cheese side up, into the pan and cook, shaking occasionally, for 1 minute. Transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with the other 3 tortillas. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes.

As the quesadillas are cooking, toss the lettuces together in a large bowl with 1/2 of the vinaigrette (reserve the rest for pork loin dish). Mound the salad onto 4 plates. Remove the quesadillas from the oven, allow to cool for a few minutes, and slice each into 4 pieces. Surround the salad with the 4 slices and drizzle with the Mango Mojo. Serve immediately.

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