Sunday, February 14, 2010

Turkey Quesadillas with Cranberry Salsa

Turkey Quesadillas with Cranberry SalsaI've learned to love the marriage of savory with sweet. Mango chutney, pineapple salsa, it's all good and this recipe follows the same idea.

It's a great meal to make up when you're in a hurry and it's especially handy if you have leftover turkey and cranberry sauce--say, after Thanksgiving or something?

My kids were nervous at first, they like salsa but they're suspicious of the sweet and savory thing so I didn't give them any kind of a choice in the matter but dished up the plates at the stove and served them myself. Otherwise, they wouldn't have tried the salsa on it. Once they tried it they liked it--the younger two especially, because the older two are pickier eaters.

It got good reviews all around and I'd definitely whip it up next time we've got leftover turkey.

1 14-ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 small 4-ounce can diced chilies

For quesadillas:
Cooking spray
1/4 cup sliced green onions
12 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese
12 flour tortillas
salt and pepper
3 cups chopped cooked turkey
1 cup fat-free sour cream

To prepare salsa, combine ingredients and set aside.

Divide onions, cheese and turkey among six of the tortillas, salt and pepper to taste. Top with remaining tortillas.

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add 1 quesadilla to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and cheese melts. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve topped with cranberry salsa and sour cream.

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Janelle said...

Next time your kids are nervous about a sweet/savory combo, just remind them that they don't have a problem with peanut butter and jelly (unless of course they don't like PB&J, in which case that's a bad argument). I found a similar recipe to this last year at Thanksgiving that I tried and it was really good. I just leave out the hot sauce in the topping, because I already use medium salsa, and any more heat masks the flavor of the dish, unfortunately.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Daisy said...

Mmmm... my stepdad makes a great cranberry salsa. I think it's like this one.

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Anonymous said...

yum. This looks delicious. The best part is the kids wouldn't eat it so it would be all mine and I wouldn't have to hide in the laundry to eat it.

bermudabluez said...

Hi there! I popped over from Robin's blog, Around The Island, and I am very interested in trying these ... they sound terrific!! Alaska is so of my friend's from high school lives in Wasilla and often posts pics for me to see.

Organizing Mommy said...

Looks really good.