Dinner time is calling, you don’t feel like cooking, and it seems like there is nothing in your house to eat. Sound familiar? This happens to me a lot if I don’t plan my meals out at the beginning of the week. These are the times I tend to get creative with some concoctions tasting great, and others completely inedible. Fortunately, this grilled quesadilla recipe was a winner. Although, I feel guilty even calling this a recipe, because it’s really just a “throw together random stuff you have in your house” meal.
One evening Pellet Guy and I were opening the fridge and pantry doors what felt like a hundred times trying to find something to eat for dinner. Nothing sounded good, there was no meat defrosted, and the thought of preparing a big meal nearly brought me to tears. That’s when I put my creative hat on and decided to throw together a meal that ended up being so good we both licked our plates clean.
First, we found some tortillas in the pantry. Next we found some left over smoked turkey from a couple of days ago and sliced that up. Cheddar cheese? Check. That got grated up along with some queso fresco we had in the cheese bin that we crumbled up. Pick your favorite sauce and let the masterpiece begin. I used the turkey, cheddar cheese, queso fresco, pickled jalapeños and Daigle’s Sweet Pecan Garlic BBQ sauce on the inside of my quesadilla, and then topped it with more Daigle’s and some sour cream once it came off the grill. Pellet Guy used turkey, cheddar cheese, queso fresco and Thunderbird’s White Sauce for his quesadilla.
Once the canvas was painted, we put them on the pellet grill at 350 degrees for 10 minutes on one side, flipped them over and about 5 minutes on the other side. Mmmm, mmmm, good! They were crispy, cheesy, a little spicy (with my pickled jalapeños), a little smokey and overall plate-licking delicious. We went from ho-hum to hot damn, and dinner was saved.
Quesadillas are a great way to use leftover random stuff you have in the fridge, plus it’s super quick and easy to make. The next time you are rummaging through your fridge and pantry looking for something to eat, consider a quesadilla (assuming you have tortillas), and throw it on your grill, you will be amazed at how tasty it can turn out.
These ingredients are just a suggestion, you can use anything you have in the house that you think would taste good together.
- 2 burrito size quesadillas
- 1 cup sliced fresh turkey (not deli meat, actual turkey you cooked on a grill), or chicken, or meat of choice
- 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup queso fresco, crumbled
- 2 TBS BBQ Sauce, or sauce of choice + more for dipper later
- 1 TBS pickled jalapeños
- Optional: You can add any vegetables you have on hand that you think would taste good in your quesadilla
- Optional: Sour cream for dipping
- Preheat Grill to 350 degrees.
- While the grill is preheating, lay one tortilla down on a piece of aluminum foil or a sheet tray. Place sliced turkey, all cheeses, all veggies and your sauce of choice on the bottom tortilla.
- Lay your second tortilla on top of the first tortilla and all your fillings.
- When the grill is ready, place your prepared quesadilla onto the grill and cook for 10 minutes with the lid closed.
- Flip the tortilla, being careful not to let the two sides separate, and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the tortilla is crispy and cheese is melted.
- Remove quesadilla from the grill, place on a plate and cut into wedges. Top with more sauce or some sour cream if you desire, and enjoy!