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Grilled Shrimp Quesadillas

Grilled Shrimp Quesadillas
Los Angeles Times

Grilled shrimp makes for quick summer meals at my house. I like to prepare it in one of two ways, and I often grill extra. Then I have leftover shrimp for these big-flavor quesadillas. You can peel, marinate and thread ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, such as a Vidalia or Walla Walla, thinly sliced
  • 4 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 pound grilled shrimp, peeled, halved lengthwise
  • 1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 12 ounces queso fresco or Muenster cheese, thinly sliced
  • Salsa, for serving

Step 1Heat a large heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Add the oil, swirl to coat the pan, and immediately add the sliced onion. Cook the slices, stirring frequently, until well browned (almost a little charred) at the edges but still crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Adjust the heat higher, if necessary, so the onions cook quickly. Remove to a plate and wipe out the skillet. Turn the heat to medium.

Step 2To assemble the quesadillas, divide the onion among the tortillas, spreading them over half of each tortilla. Divide the shrimp among the tortillas, arranging it on top of the onion. Scatter the tomatoes and cilantro evenly over the shrimp. Arrange the cheese over the filling. Fold the tortillas over to form half-circles.

Step 3Heat the skillet over medium heat. Place 1 or 2 tortillas in the pan (depending on the size of the pan) and cook until the bottom is nicely browned, about 2 minutes. Use a wide spatula or 2 spatulas--sandwiching the tortilla between them--to turn the quesadillas. Brown the other side, making sure the cheese melts. Place on a cutting board. Repeat to make the other quesadillas.

Step 4Use a sharp knife to cut each quesadilla into 3 wedges. Arrange on warm dinner plates and serve immediately with salsa.

Note: Queso fresco slices more easily and crumbles less if cut when cold.


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