You can never have too many hor d'oeuvre recipes, so give Meaty Quesadillas a try. This recipe serves 4. One serving contains 818 calories, 55g of protein, and 48g of fat. Head to the store and pick up garlic, salsan and/or cream, monterey jack cheese, and a few other things to make it today. This recipe is typical of Mexican cuisine. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes approximately 30 minutes.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the garlic and chili powder and cook 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the beef, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until it is no longer pink, about 2 minutes.
Add the scallions and cook 5 to 6 more minutes.
Heat a large griddle or skillet over medium heat.
Brush 1 side of each tortilla with olive oil.
Place 2 tortillas on the griddle (or 1 if using a skillet), oiled-side down, and scatter about one-quarter of the cheese on each. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Put about a quarter of the beef mixture on half of each tortilla and fold into a half-moon. Continue to cook until the quesadillas are crisp, turning once. Repeat to make 4 quesadillas.
Cut into wedges and top with salsa and/or sour cream.
Photograph by Antonis Achilleos
Recommended wine: Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sparkling Rose
Mexican on the menu? Try pairing with Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sparkling rosé. Acidic white wines like riesling or low-tannin reds like pinot noir can work well with Mexican dishes. Sparkling rosé is a safe pairing too. The Louis Jadot Pinot Noir with a 4.6 out of 5 star rating seems like a good match. It costs about 24 dollars per bottle.
Louis Jadot Pinot NoirPinot Noir Jadot is a pure varietal wine produced from Pinot Noir musts and wines selected from village-level vineyard sites throughout the Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise. As with several of their smaller wines, Maison Louis Jadot practices a "réplis" to improve the quality of the wine by declassifying some wines of higher appellation to be incorporated into the blend. The final lots are carefully chosen, and, depending on the vintage, aged for a number of months in oak casks to evoke the clean, ripe red berry flavors and earthiness of the grape mellowed by a subtle touch of wood. Reflective of the Jadot style, Pinot Noir Jadot is harmonious and balanced, with a plump fruitiness and silky texture offset by round, gentle tannins in a wine of medium body and elegant structure. The very typical, fragrant varietal bouquet is complemented by a delicious, lingering finish.