This tasty snack borrows the idea of a quesadilla from Mexico and Americanizes it by replacing the traditional filling with ham and Gouda cheese to create Ham and Gouda Quesadillas.
1 cup shredded Gouda cheese
2 flour tortillas
1/2 cup chopped smoked ham
2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian parsley or parsley
1/4 cup dairy sour cream
Sprinkle cheese over half of each tortilla. Top with ham and parsley. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently.
In a lightly greased 10-inch skillet or griddle cook quesadillas over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned, turning once.
Cut quesadillas into wedges. Serve with sour cream. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.
Recipe makes 4 servings.
Serving size: 1-1/2 cup
Calories: 198; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 49mg; Sodium: 491mg Carbohydrates: 9g; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 12g
Try these suggestions for topping nontraditional quesadillas, both savory and sweet. Add or substitute ingredients to taste:
- Peeled, seeded and diced papaya, chopped onion and Brie.
- Pepperoni slices, diced bell peppers or mushrooms and mozzarella cheese.
- Cooked shrimp, chopped cilantro, Thai peanut sauce and Monterey Jack cheese.
- Pitted kalamata olives, smoked sausage and feta cheese.
- Sliced deli roast beef, canned black beans and shredded Colby-Jack cheese.
- Diced zucchini, red onion, bell pepper, tomato and Monterey Jack cheese.
- Leftover chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and ricotta cheese.
For dessert, make a quesadilla with sliced strawberries and cream cheese in a chocolate-flavored tortilla.
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