Saturday, July 25, 2009

Shrimp Quesadillas

These quesadillas were great! By the way, when you say quesadillas, you gotta say it like as if you were in Napoleon Dynamite. Pronounced as "quesadilas", not "quesadiyas." Anyway, this is another recipe incorporating Old Bay Seasoning and I got some great low-carb, whole wheat Tam-X-icos tortillas from Tampa's La Bonite Ole (http://www.savethetortillas.com/). The texture was very soft and tender for a whole wheat product, even my husband liked them. The local movement to save this company must be paying off because I bought the last package of Tam-X-icos that Publix had.

Ingredients:
3/4 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
Old Bay Seasoning
olive oil
red pepper, chopped small
2 green onions, chopped
4-5 tortillas
shredded cheese, I used a Mexican blend
hot sauce (I used my friend's carrot-based hot sauce, Intensity Academy)
sour cream, avocado, salsa for garnish

Liberally season the shrimp with old bay seasoning. In a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat, add a little olive oil, about 1 tablespoon. Once hot, throw in the shrimp and cook on both sides for a couple minutes, until cooked through. Shrimp will be bright pink and curled up. Remove to a plate. Add a little more oil to the pan, add the red pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the green onion and cook for just a minute longer. Remove the pepper and onion to a plate. While the pepper and onion are cooking, chop up the shrimp.

Wipe the skillet clean. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Brush with a little oil. Add a tortilla to the pan. Sprinkle with an even layer of cheese. On half of the tortilla, add some shrimp, red pepper and green onion. Be careful not to over fill it. Add a few drops of hot sauce. Once the cheese melts, fold the tortilla over the side with the toppings. Let cook for a minute or so longer. Slide onto a plate and top with sour cream, avocado, salsa and any other toppings you like.

Repeat until all the filling is gone.

I like to cook my quesadillas this way. Alternatively, you could place a few tortillas on a baking sheet, top with cheese and the other items, place another tortilla on top and bake in the oven for a few minutes.

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