Pulled Pork and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Tim Love overstuffs his quesadillas with delectable braised pork and sautéed onions and peppers, then goes (almost) over the top by smearing the tortillas with soft, tangy goat cheese.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 large jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 reserved braised pork shanks, meat pulled from the bones and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pork gravy (from braised pork shanks)
  • Eight 8-inch flour tortillas
  • One 5-ounce log of fresh goat cheese, softened

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large, deep skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the bell peppers and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the jalapeño, onion and garlic, cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the Braised Pork Shanks and gravy and cook for 3 minutes longer.

  2. Arrange the tortillas on a surface and spread a thin layer of goat cheese over each one. Spoon the pork and bell pepper mixture over the goat cheese and fold the tortillas in half. Brush the tortillas with oil.

  3. Heat 2 large skillets and preheat the oven to 300°. Working in batches, cook the tortillas over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer the quesadillas to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Cut the quesadillas in half and serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

A South American Sauvignon Blanc would pair nicely here; its grassy overtones are great with tangy goat cheese. Chile's Casablanca and San Antonio valleys have arguably become the country's top Sauvignon Blanc sources.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published September 2006

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