Monday, March 6, 2017
Broccoli and Red Onion Quesadillas
Martha Rose Shulman
Time About 10 minutes
Yield Two quesadillas
When you cook the red onions and broccoli, be sure to heat the pan enough to sear their edges.
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1 large broccoli crown, about 1/2 pound
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced across the grain
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro or epazote (optional)
freshly ground pepper
4 corn tortillas
2 ounces grated Monterey Jack, Cheddar or mixed cheeses (1/2 cup)
Salsa for serving (optional)
1. Make the broccoli filling. Steam the broccoli crown for four minutes, then remove from the heat. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. Slice 1/4 inch thick. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy frying pan, and add the red onion. Cook, stirring, until tender and seared on the edges. Add the sliced broccoli. Cook, stirring, until seared on the edges, about three minutes. Stir in the cilantro or epazote, season with salt and pepper, and remove from the heat. Taste and adjust seasoning.
2. In a microwave: Place a corn tortilla on a plate. Top with half the broccoli and onions, and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle on half the cheese, and top with another tortilla. Press down gently, then microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until the cheese has melted. Remove from the microwave, cut into quarters or sixths, and serve. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
3. In a pan: Place a corn tortilla in a pan. Top with half the broccoli and onions, and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle on half the cheese. Turn the heat on medium-high, and heat until the cheese begins to melt and the tortilla begins to brown. Place another tortilla on top of the cheese, and press down lightly. Flip over the quesadilla in the pan, and heat for about 30 seconds or until the cheese has melted. Flip back over, and remove to a plate. Cut into quarters or sixths, and serve. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
Advance preparation: The steamed broccoli will keep for three or four days in the refrigerator.
Nutritional information per quesadilla
294 calories; 6 grams saturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 5 grams monounsaturated fat; 30 milligrams cholesterol; 28 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams dietary fiber; 267 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 12 grams protein