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Old 09-18-2006, 04:41 PM   #1
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Can you grill a quesadilla-if so, how?

Has anyone ever grilled a cheese quesadilla and if so how? I have some ginormous flour tortillas I bought for another recipe and thought, what the heck, lets have cheese quesadillas. I want to know if I can put these on the grill. Specific questions I have include:

1. direct or indirect heat and temp (I have a weber gas grill)
2. oil or butter or nothing on the outside of tortilla
3. should use two tortillas put together or one large one folded over
4. should I put them directly on the grate or on a grill pan

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!

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Old 09-18-2006, 04:55 PM   #2
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I prefer to use a fry pan, but I grill will work.

You want direct heat, but very low. Don't cover the BBQ because the yes will cook very quickly and you need to watch them.

Heat the dry tortilla (don't oil it) until it's softened, then put a little cheese and a little salsa on one side and fold it over; turn it when the side toward the heat begins to brown a bit. Remove it when the second side is a little browned and the cheese has melted.

You can also not fold the tortilla, and instead put a little cheese and salsa on the hole thing, then top it with another tortilla; turn it with a spatula; use a pizza slicer to cut it into wedges.

Don't use too much cheese or you'll have a mess. You can turn it several times until it's done the way you like.
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Old 09-18-2006, 04:57 PM   #3
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Or just make a pizza using the tortilla as the crust.Do it on the grill.
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Old 09-18-2006, 04:58 PM   #4
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Thanks for the idea Gretchen, that sounds good. I will try that next time as I wanted to keep a "mexican" theme with the rest of my dinner. Thank you!

Fryboy, you come through again for me, two nights in a row - should I butter or oil the tortillas?
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Old 09-18-2006, 04:59 PM   #5
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I make quesadillas at work all the time. I also have to make about 300 a clip.

I use a 10 inch flour tortilla. I have the option of using a flattop grill or a flame grill. I find my flame grill slats just a bit too far apart for my needs, but can use it if I have to. For a home grill, you can always use one of those grilling pans that have the little holes, giving you the fire taste that is supreme, but giving you the security of not falling in.

Place the tortilla on your work surface. Place about 1/3 c shredded cheese on one half of the shell. At this point, add whatever it is you like. Generally, I'll add sauteed onions, diced, sauteed peppers (green, red, jalepeno), S&P, a spritz of lime juice and some chopped cilantro. Fold it over and give it a little press.

Place it onto the hot grill. I don't add any fat to the tortilla itself, but I do oil the grill. Then, it's just like making a grilled cheese sandwich. Flip it after a moment or two, when it begins to turn a golden brown. Cook for another minute, or till that side is also browned.

Remove to platter and hold for about a minute before slicing into 4 triangles. Serve with your favourites - sour cream, salsa, guacamole.

If you want to make several, keep the cooked ones warm and well wrapped till you cut. Don't cut till you are going to serve.
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Old 09-18-2006, 05:04 PM   #6
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Thanks Vera Blue! I think I am gonna try this. I will probably flip over though because these tortilla's are sooooo big, I am afraid I cannot flip them!
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Old 09-18-2006, 05:07 PM   #7
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I'm a bit late, but I think Vera has got you covered. I've done these at work too just as she describes. I was going to say...

Direct heat
Folded over
Nothing on the outside
Directly on the heat.

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Thanks Alix - you always come through!
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Thanks Vera Blue! I think I am gonna try this. I will probably flip over though because these tortilla's are sooooo big, I am afraid I cannot flip them!
You'll find that once you cook the bottom side, the whole thing gets a bit rigid...certainly rigid enough to do a quick flip. Good luck.
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I never thought of that! Maybe I will try it both ways -flip and whole. Thanks.
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