Asparagus, Bell Pepper and Mozzarella Quesadillas

  • Yield : 4
  • Cook Time : 35m
  • Ready In : 35m
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  • 1 bunch medium asparagus woody stems trimmed and bottom 1/3 of the stalk peeled (about 1 pound),
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/4-inch thick strips
  • Four 10-inch (burrito size) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • [For Serving:] Guacamole, salsa, chopped scallions and sour cream for serving


Step 1

Arrange the asparagus in a microwave-safe dish, cover and microwave on high until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. (If you don?t have a microwave, you can steam the asparagus instead.) Brush asparagus with 1 tablespoon of the oil.

Step 2

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Grill the asparagus, flipping occasionally, until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes. Cut asparagus in half crosswise and then slice on the bias into 1-inch pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until tender and slightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper.

Step 4

Lay a tortilla on a work surface and top evenly with 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Add 1/4 of the asparagus and 1/4 of the peppers. Fold tortilla in half to enclose fillings. Repeat with remaining tortillas and ingredients.

Step 5

Melt 1/2 tablespoon of the butter in a large non-stick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Cook the quesadilla, flipping once, until the cheese is melted and it is golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a cutting board and repeat with the remaining quesadillas.

Step 6

Cut into triangles and serve topped with guacamole, salsa, chopped scallions and sour cream.


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