Mozzarella Quesadillas are delicious, crispy and good any time of the day. Mozzarella recipes are easy to make and the melted cheese with all its stringy goodness just can't be beat!
Have you’ve tried making my homemade mozzarella cheese recipe yes? There's a video so you can see just how easy it is to make!
Or, if you have gotten my Simple Cheesemaking ebook, you’ll realize that mozzarella cheese is one of the the easiest cheeses to make!
While homemade mozzarella only takes 30 minutes to make, don't feel bad if you want the ease of store-bought cheese. This recipe works great no matter what type of mozzarella cheese you use!
If you love quesadillas, then you will probably also enjoy Easy Spinach quesadillas - they are a great way to get those veggies in and your family will not mind at all!
History of Mozzarella Quesadillas
Part of the Mexican culinary tradition, quesadillas are primarily made by folding tortillas (cooked and softened corn masa) into halves and filling with Oaxaca cheese.
Traditionally, quesadillas are served with colorful salsa - red or green, chopped onion, and guacamole.
Today, in most parts of the world, especially the US, quesadillas have been modified to include local ingredients. For this recipe, mozzarella cheese has replaced the Oaxaca cheese. And flour tortillas have replaced the corn tortillas.
So, we have Mozzarella Quesadillas—Italian-Mexican Combo.
What Kind of Cheese is Best for Quesadillas?
Mozzarella probably one of the most popular cheeses for making quesadillas for a couple of reasons because it is:
- melts wonderfully and becomes stringy as it cools
- healthy and often made low-fat or part skim
- good source of protein, calcium and vitamins
- easily attainable at most grocery stores
Mozzarella Quesadillas Serving Suggestions
While these are delicious eaten on there own, a few condiments really take the meal up a notch!
Serve with any or all of the following:
- Easy Homemade Salsa
- pico de gallo made with fresh tomato, diced red onion, salt, pepper
- Simple Guacamole Recipe
- a squeeze of lime or lemon juice
- sour cream
Are Quesadillas Healthy?
Tortillas, like mozzarella, are generally healthy and packed with nutrients the body needs. Homemade tortillas provide a healthier option as there are no unnecessary ingredients.
Gluten-free tortillas are also available making it convenient for those on a gluten-free diet.
- a healthy sources of macronutrients required for everyday activities
- rich in vitamins and mineral
- flour tortillas have folate for preventing neural tube birth defects, preventing anaemia, forming DNA and proper cell division. (Source)
How Can I Make Quesadillas Crispy?
Quesadillas are best enjoyed when crispy. Steam from hot fillings is one of the factors responsible for soggy quesadillas.
To avoid soggy quesadillas, serve immediately after cooking while they are still hot. When cold, the cheese becomes hard and won’t have the crispiness of fresh tortillas.
Corn or Flour Tortillas?
Traditional quesadillas are made with corn tortillas and those work well and fit into a gluten free diet. However, I prefer using flour tortillas.
Flour tortillas are pliant, and the mozzarella (or other fillings) won’t make it fall apart. Plus, flour tortillas are easy to find, and they add to the crispness of the quesadillas that I have not been able to get with corn.
How Do I Prevent Quesadillas From Burning?
Quesadillas are easy to cook and takes not more than one minutes to each side of the tortilla to cook.
It is a common thing to worry about quesadillas burning when using a stove pan. You can avoid this by cooking on medium heat.
Whether you’re using the grill, oven, or stove pan method, be attentive and close at hand because quesadillas can burn easily, very quickly.
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- 8 8 inch flour tortillas
- 12 oz mozzarella grated or sliced
- 2 tomatoes cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (optional but delicious!)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat grill to medium heat.
- Arrange 4 of the tortillas on a cutting board.
- Arrange the mozzarella and tomatoes (if usinon the tortillas, leaving a border around of about 1 inch to allow for the cheese to melt.
- Season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper and top with the remaining tortillas.
- Cook the quesadillas on the grill until the cheese melts and the tortillas are crisp and golden - about 2 - 3 minutes per side. Serve Immediately.
- Preheat the broiler. Place tortillas on a baking sheet and broil, turning once, until the cheese melts and the tortillas are golden brown.
- Add a pat of butter to a skillet and allow to melt.
- Place tortillas in skillet and allow to cook over medium heat until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Turn once.
pico de gallo made with fresh tomato, diced red onion, salt, pepper
a squeeze of lime or lemon juice
What do you serve with Mozzarella Quesadillas - salsa, guacamole...?
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