Saturday, February 19, 2011

Mediterranean Quesadillas

Happy Saturday!  I don't know what's come over me but I am itching to cook this weekend.  Maybe because it's a three-day weekend.  Maybe because it is sooo windy outside that it feels oober-cozy in here.  Maybe because I just finally got around to reading this month's Rachel Ray Everyday and Food Network Magazine.  Whatever the reason, I am very excited to try a couple new things in the kitchen.  Healthy?  Not necessarily.  Tasty?  Most definitely.  

This past week, Ian and I were hungry for a snack.  I had some left over tortilla shells and cheese so I whipped up some uninteresting quesadillas.  Nothing special, but easy and delicious.  Ian said, "we should try to create some non-traditional quesadillas."  I took that as a challenge and excitedly accepted.  

As we walked around the food store, I considered different cheeses and flavors.  I saw the feta and knew we had to go Mediterranean!  Check it out...

So many ideas ran through my head.  Olive tapenade, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, basil, balsamic vinegar.  This is what I ended up with.

I started by cooking up a chicken breast. 

While that cooked up, I spread kalamata olive spread onto our wraps.  It looks kind of gross but it's delicious!

Once the chicken was done, I let is rest so that it would stay nice and juicy.  I placed two wraps into the pan and then started filling with the ingredients.  Mozzarella cheese, chicken, baby bellas, sliced red onion, feta, and more mozzarella cheese.  The smell was unbelievable!

I use a 10-inch pan because it fits two wraps perfectly.  How gorgeous is a crispy browned tortilla?  I love the way it cracks when you slice into it, and then the knife just sinks into the gooey cheese.

And then, voila!  I added some hummus for dipping.

I was actually a little nervous that I went too far with too many flavors, but everything came together perfectly!  Next on the menu...cauliflower and pasta?  mozzarella sticks?  meatball subs?  I love three-day weekends!  

PS, the Truman Show is on.  Arguably one of the greatest concepts for a movie.  Classic!


  1. Hi there-just stumbled across your blog from somewhere else that you commented (can't remember where), and I just wanted to wish you well with this endeavor!

    Want to hear some weird stuff? I started my blog just a few weeks ago, got married this past August, have been fixing up our home for 2+ years, am a teacher married to a teacher, love to cook, have no kids yet but hope to soon, and am turning 30 next that bizarrely familiar or what?

    I'm looking forward to following your progress here because we seem to be in a bit of the same boat(s)! Truly hoping you're having as much fun with it as I am :-).

  2. Love that you guys make up food challenges, it's like Top Chef in your house, ha! :-) In all seriousness, my husband would love it if I gave him some kind of food challenge. These look really good, and although I'm not a fan of olives, I'm still really curious to see what that olive spread would taste like. Happy cooking this weekend!