Thursday, May 7, 2009

Roasted Corn and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Two things I always have in my freezer are corn kernals and peas. My personal belief is that frozen vegetables are seriously underrated, especially since they are flash-frozen at their freshest. For people on a budget who cannot always afford what's in the produce section, frozen vegetables offer a great healthy alternative.

In this recipe, roasting the corn brings out the natural sweetness of the corn by caramelizing the sugars. With the addition of the goat cheese, these quesadillas definitely don't skimp on flavor. I had some tomatillo salsa from Trader Joe's to use up, which was the perfect complement to the quesadillas, offering a light acidity to offset the tanginess of the goat cheese. Plus it came together very quickly! These could also make a delicious appetizer.

Roasted Corn and Goat Cheese Quesadillas with Tomatillo Salsa
source: Cooking Light
Yields 4 quesadillas

1 cup corn kernels, thawed if frozen
2/3 cup (5 oz) goat cheese, softened
8 corn tortillas
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
10 tablespoons bottled salsa verde, divided
cooking spray


Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add corn, sauteeing for several minutes or until brown spots appear. Place corn in a small bowl with goat cheese and combine until well-blended. Divide corn mixture between four tortillas and spread thin, topping with 1 tbsp green onions and 1 1/2 tsp salsa. Top with the remaining four tortillas.

Spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat it over medium heat. Place quesadillas in pan, one at a time, until they are browned on both sides. Remove from pan and keep warm until all quesadillas are cooked. Cut each quesadilla into four wedges and drizzle with remaining salsa.


BMK said...

Thanks for the review! These were on my list to make!

Brianna & Dustin said...

mmm looks delicious as always! I love using goat cheese to change up quesadillas. corn is a great idea. another combo I like is caramelized onions and fresh basil with the goat cheese.

Melissa said...

I would have never thought to put goat cheese in a Mexican-style quesadilla, I'll have to try that.

Kerstin said...

Goat cheese makes everything better :) They look really good! I completely agree with you about frozen veggies - we always have corn and peas around too!

the happy couple said...

love these ingredients. sounds awesome!

Joelen said...

What a great combo for quesadillas!

brannyboilsover said...

I agree about the frozen veggies. Untapped resource! My H would LOVE this recipe.

Colleen said...

This looks delicious and YUM goat cheese! said...

I've been wanting to make these since I first saw the CL recipe. They look great! I totally agree about the frozen veggies.

That Girl said...

I always keep corn and peas in the freezer also! Mostly because they are FANTASTIC for injuries. Way better than ice packs. And they don't stain your clothes like frozen spinach does.

Liz said...

I really enjoyed these, too!

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