Heyyyyy lookie here! I did ‘fusion’!
If you don’t know what I mean, fusion is combining different cuisines – in this case, a kinda-sorta French filling in definitively Mexican packaging. …And this was absolutely UH-MAY-ZING. Soooo tasty. This combo of smokey Gouda cheese, beefy mushrooms, and the hint of herby thyme, all in a crispy quesadilla is outstanding!
IMO (see, an urban acronym – I’m hip!), corn tortillas actually make the best quesadillas. I absolutely love the toasty flavor corn tortillas get, and it magically happens with just a little cooking spray. So if you haven’t tried them, please do …you will not regret it. I’m sitting here typing this, picking spinach out of my teeth cuz I just ate this awesomeness and I can’t get over how good these flavors are!
- 1 T extra virgin olive oil
- 8 oz portabello mushrooms
- 1/2 t fresh thyme leaves
- 2 cups packed fresh baby spinach
- couple pinches kosher salt
- pinch fresh cracked pepper
- 6 white corn tortillas
- 6 slices smoked Gouda cheese
- olive oil cooking spray
- To prep the mushrooms, turn the caps over and, using a spoon, gently scrape off the dark gills on the underside. Dice in a 1/2-in dice.
- In a large, nonstick pan, heat the olive oil on high heat. Add the diced mushrooms and saute, tossing occasionally, until browned. Add the spinach and thyme and cook for a minute, stirring regularly, until spinach is nice and wilty. Remove from the heat. Season with kosher salt and pepper.
- Heat another large, nonstick pan on medium-high heat. On a large cutting board, lay out 3 tortillas. Top each with a slice of cheese, then the mushroom-spinach mixture, then another slice of cheese. Top each with a tortilla.
- Spray the heated pan with cooking spray. Carefully transfer the assembled quesadilla to the pan. Spray the top tortillas with cooking spray. Cook the quesadillas until nice and toasty on the underside, then carefully flip to toast the other side. Yield: 3 servings.