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April 20, 2009

Cheesy Caramelized Onion Quesadillas

Cheesy Caramelized Onion Quesadillas

No Better Bites today...We'll be back to that next Monday!

Let's move on to something else for today...Shall we?

Quesadillas are very fun to play around with. You can go really simple, or really out there, and either way you've got a quick, easy appetizer or even full course depending on how you want to play it and the fabulous part is you can make several different combinations, for several different people all at once. How cool is that?

Today let's look at a version that takes two different cheeses and caramelized onions to a whole new level!

Cheesy Caramelized Onion Quesadillas: A Bite

What You'll Need:
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of butter
1 large sweet onion, cut into strips
Sea salt
2 ounces of peppered goat cheese, crumbled (Note: If you can't find the peppered variety just add a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.)
2 ounce of Dubliner Cheese, shredded fine (Note: If you can't find Dubliner you can use Parmesan.)
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tortillas (Note: You can use flour or whole grain. It's up to you.)

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and butter and stir until butter is melted. Add onion and lower the temperature to medium/low. Sauté the onion, stirring often, until caramelized. (Note: The secret to fabulous caramelized onions is low and slow!)

While onions are caramelized heat another large skillet or griddle over medium high heat until hot. Brush the pan/griddle with olive oil and cook each tortilla until browned. (Note: This takes about 20-30 seconds per side.) Set aside.

Once your onions are caramelized it's time to start assembling the quesadillas!

Lay on of the tortillas on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Top the tortilla with the caramelized onions:

Cheesy Caramelized Onion Quesadillas: Onions

Next add the peppered goat cheese and shredded Dubliner cheese:

Cheesy Caramelized Onion Quesadillas: Cheese

Next add the other tortilla on top and place in the oven for 3-5 minutes to melt the cheese. Remove from oven and let stand for 2-3 minutes and then cut into wedges.

Cheesy Caramelized Onion Quesadillas: Up Close

Serve plain or with a little sour cream

Notes: I think some cooked apple would be a fabulous addition to this!

Posted by Dianne at April 20, 2009 1:46 PM

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That looks so yummy! I've had that Kerrygold cheese before...so.good.

Posted by: Christie at April 20, 2009 2:00 PM

I don't care for onions but the kids would love this as they like caramelized onions and peppers. They're weird that way, very grown up tastes. :)

Posted by: ingrid at April 20, 2009 2:36 PM

I saw Dubliner cheese in the market the other day. I've never tried it -what is it similar to?

Posted by: Megan at April 20, 2009 7:48 PM

Texture wise it's sort of like a hard cheddar. Taste wise it's nutty like Parmesan, but not exactly like Parm. It's good though. I love it!

Posted by: Dianne at April 20, 2009 7:53 PM

Dubliner Cheese is the best cheese around! If you belong to a Sam's Club they sell the big blocks at a reasonable price. So good it just melts in your mouth...can't wait to try these :-)

Posted by: kirsten at March 31, 2013 10:55 PM

I'm a Costco member. I'll have to see if they have it. I haven't looked at their cheese section in a while, but my local grocery store definitely carries it. I love the stuff!

Posted by: Dianne at April 4, 2013 8:57 PM

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