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Goat Cheese Quesadillas
© Simon Watson

Goat Cheese Quesadillas


Guests will appreciate the extra work it takes to make these quesadillas bite-size. The salsa is also good as a quick, light sauce for pasta.

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  1. 3 large plum tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  2. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  3. 1/3 cup Calamata olives (2 ounces), pitted and finely chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  5. 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  6. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  7. 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  8. 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  9. 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  10. 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. Eight 6-inch flour tortillas
  2. 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  3. 4 small scallions, thinly sliced
  4. Freshly ground pepper
  5. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  6. Kosher salt
  1. In a strainer set in the sink, toss the tomatoes with the salt and let drain for 10 minutes. Transfer the tomatoes to a bowl and add the olives, parsley, onion, vinegar, lime juice, hot sauce, garlic and oregano. Mix well.
  2. Cut the tortillas into 4-inch rounds, using a small saucer as a template. Spread the tortillas with the goat cheese and sprinkle with the scallions and pepper; sandwich to make 4 quesadillas.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the quesadillas and cook over moderately high heat until golden and crisp, about 1 minute per side. Transfer the quesadillas to a cutting board and cut each one into 6 wedges. Sprinkle with salt and top each wedge with 1 teaspoon of the salsa. Serve immediately, passing the remaining salsa separately.
Make Ahead
The quesadillas can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated for up to 1 day.