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Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Quinoa Quesadillas
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Quinoa Quesadillas

  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • BASIC-EASY
  • VEGETARIAN

These perfect vegetarian quesadillas are filled with cooked quinoa for texture and wonderful smoked gouda cheese for flavor.

Slideshow: Quinoa Recipes

  1. 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  2. 1 cup water
  3. Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  4. 8 eight-inch flour tortillas
  5. 3 ounces smoked gouda cheese, grated
  6. 3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  1. Combine the quinoa, water and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, and after the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.
  2. Gently simmer, covered, for 15 minutes (there may still be some water not yet absorbed). Remove from heat.
  3. Keeping the pan covered, let it stand for 5 minutes, or until the remaining water is absorbed.
  4. Remove the lid and gently fluff the quinoa. Set aside to cool completely.
  5. Toss the two cheeses to combine them. Divide and spread half of the cheese on top of 4 tortillas.
  6. Add a heaping 1/4 cup of cooked quinoa on top of each of the cheese layers. Add a final layer of cheese and gently spread the layers evenly around tortilla, leaving a little empty gap at the edges of tortilla. Place another tortilla on top.
  7. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Place the filled tortilla on the pan, and cook the tortilla for about 3 minutes or until the first side is golden, then carefully flip over the quesadilla and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the second side is golden and the cheese is completely melted.
Serve With Salsa, guacamole, and/or sour cream.
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