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Ham and Gouda Quesadillas

Ham and Gouda Quesadillas

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
Parsley sprigs


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.

Nutrition Information

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

Quesadilla Toppings

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 added flavor, sprinkle with your favorite herbs or spices, including cumin, chile, cilantro or oregano. Serve topped with tomato or fruit salsa.

For dessert, make a quesadilla with sliced strawberries and cream cheese in a chocolate-flavored tortilla.

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