Fast and easy to make, Quesadilla is a flavorful and entertaining weeknight meal. In the vegetarian version with a boiled egg, they make a complete, balanced dish.
It's the middle of the week and there are a few vegetables in the fridge and all kinds of ideas are roaming through my head, such as stir fry, casserole dish, maybe a grilled vegetable side dish, or even better what about a Mexican night and quesadillas. I think I have found my dish, a little Gypsy Kings in the background and a lot of color in the vegetable array, I am ready to salsa, right into today's special Quesadilla con Huevos.
I always love making Mexican dishes, love the spices, and the colors, but more so love the culture in its music, and happy people. I remember jogging down the beaches and streets of old Puerto Vallarta and when I was done and feeling so hungry, I was drawn by this aroma of chilis and beans, tomatoes and cilantro to a street vendor and his simple cooking cart. It was there that I had my first huevos rancheros (scrambled eggs with salsa), and I would have to say I fell in love with them. Having said this, I decided to add the boiled egg factor into this quesadilla hence the name Quesadilla con Huevos. The key to making this dish in less time as possible is to have everything ready to go, diced vegetables, grated cheeses, spices, boiled egg. Then the easy part is sautéing and assembly which takes no time at all.
The beautiful colors of the vegetable array, yellow, green, and red peppers, the orangy hue of the chanterel mushrooms, and the beautiful glow of the yolk of the egg framed by the stark canvas of the egg white. Holding this creation together with the smooth velvety texture of the raclette and cheddar cheese, giving this quesadilla a festive and fun feel.
I have to say that sautéing in a cast iron pan demands attention and heat control, but the outcome if done well is amazing, a bit of char on the peppers, onions and tomatoes nice and sweet and caramelized, the garlic, spices infused in the richness of the mayo and sriracha and salsa, and a little heat from whole chili peppers, Ay caramba!
Add in that beautiful boiled egg and it is like drops of sunshine in a floral garden. I have to add that melted raclette and cheddar holding the symphony of flavors together, just plain and simple chewy, ooey, gooey, goodness.
Flavor after flavor, sweet, spicy, tangy, tasty, earthy, wholesome, fun, fantastic Quesadilla con Huevos.
I had so much fun creating this dish singing and dancing as I went along and this, I believe, is the essence of life. Create some fun in the kitchen and let your kids have some fun preparing too, remember the energy you have is the energy of the dish. So from our kitchen to yours,
Song of the day: "Bamboleo" by the Gypsy Kings.Print
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