black bean & goat cheese quesadillas

Monday, June 21, 2010

This delicious quesadilla is vegetarian-friendly and kid-approved! We got the recipe from Fine Cooking and made two small modifications - we reduced the level of spice for the little ones and added spinach for color & extra nutrition!

3 Tbs. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
15-1/2-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teasspoon chili powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups spinach, packed
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tsp. fresh lime juice; more to taste
3 to 4 oz. fresh goat cheese, crumbled
1 large or 2 small ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
6 flour tortillas, 8 inches across

(1.) In a medium skillet, heat 2 Tbs. of the oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and sauté, stirring, until it softens, about 5 minutes.
(2.) Add the beans, cumin, chili powder, and 1/2 cup water and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost all the water has evaporated, 5 to 7 minutes. Take the pan off the heat. With the back of a fork, break up the beans to make a chunky mash. Stir in the spinach and half of the cilantro and season with salt and pepper.
(3.) In a small bowl, combine the avocado, lime juice, and remaining cilantro and use a potato masher or the back of a fork to mash into a chunky paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper; add more lime juice if you like.
(4.) Spread the black bean mixture evenly over three of the tortillas. Scatter the goat cheese over the beans and cover with the remaining tortillas. Lightly coat a large heavy skillet or griddle with oil (about 1 tsp.) and heat over medium heat. Set one of the quesadillas in the skillet and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Flip the quesadilla over and brown on the other side for another 1-1/2 minutes. Remove from the pan, cook the remaining quesadillas (add more oil to the pan each time) and cut each into eight wedges. Serve each wedge with a dollop of the guacamole.

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