Simple Cheese Quesadilla

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Basic Quesadilla

Well, this is the first time I'm publishing a recipe because I'm about to publish a recipe. I was going to post my double-layer double bean quesadilla recipe, and someone I was talking to about it asked, "How do you make quesadillas?" So i figured I really need to start here...

Simple Cheese Quesadillas

Serves a 2-3 as an appetizer, or 1 as a light meal.

Heat a heavy skillet or griddle over high heat. I like to use a cast iron skillet, but then I like to use a cast iron skillet for a lot of things.

When the skillet seems hot, reduce heat to medium, and place tortilla on the bottom of the skillet. Spread cheese over the entire tortilla. Drizzle salsa over one half of the tortilla. As cheese begins to melt, fold the tortilla in half. The tortilla should be beginning to get crispy on the outside. If not, you'll need to increase cooking times below slightly.

Let cook for about 1 minute, then flip. I find it easiest to use a fork to lift the outer edge of the lower tortilla, then just roll it over the "fold." The tortilla should be golden to brown and crispy. (The more you make quesadillas, the easier this will get.)

Let the second side cook for about a minute and a half. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 30 seconds. Then cut into wedges, or in half, or in strips and serve.

Serve with taco sauce, chipotle guacamole, sour cream, salsa, diced tomatoes, or other Mexican-style condiments.

To make this more interesting, or to make it more of a meal, consider adding black beans, strips of grilled chicken, strips of grilled steak, sour cream, other cheeses, sauteed onions, jalapenos, diced tomatoes, or other foods as filling with the salsa before folding the quesadilla.