Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Smoked Caprese Quesadillas

There are lots of things I love about working from home. Sitting outside on a nice day, making my own schedule, and working with the cat purring on my lap, just to name a few. But what might possibly be my #1 favorite thing about working from home is having more time to cook. I find myself trying a lot more new recipes and having a freshly cooked lunch in the middle of the day is a wonderful new experience for me. I'm not talking crazy complicated recipes, just something fresh and yummy.

The recipe I want to share with you now is what I had for lunch today... and yesterday, and let's be honest I'll probably make it again tomorrow. Just because I like to try new recipes doesn't mean I'm not going to make them more than once, especially when I find one this delicious. I'm also continuing my mission to use up an accumulation of ingredients, so on the chopping block today was the other half of that ball of smoked mozzarellasome extra basil from this recipe I made a few days agotortillas from the freezer, and the fresh tomatoes I just bought, but won't last long. All I needed to do was grab some olive oil from the pantry, slice, and assemble and in about 10 minutes (OK maybe 15) I was eating one of the best quesadillas I've ever had. 

Smoky, creamy cheese + juicy tomatoes + bright, fresh basil = a lunch that tastes just like summer! 

Smoked Caprese Quesadillas  

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1 whole wheat tortilla (or whatever variety you prefer)
1 small vine-ripened tomato, sliced
smoked mozzarella, approx. 8 small slices
a handful of fresh basil leaves, or to taste (I LOVE basil, so I used quite a bit)
1-2 Tbsp olive oil

Lay the tortilla on a plate. Cover half of the tortilla with 4 slices of mozzarella. Layer 3-4 slices of tomato on top of the cheese. Cover with basil. Layer with remaining cheese. Fold unfilled tortilla half over fillings

(Note: The two layers of cheese help keep the tomato from making the tortilla soggy, so I don't recommend skimping on the cheese)

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Carefully place folded tortilla in heated oil. Cook 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip over and cook the other side 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from pan and slice into 3 pieces. Enjoy!

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