Sweet Potato and Pepper Quesadilla
I wanted a quick and easy lunch, that was packed with flavour and goodness, so thought I'd try this simple quesadilla recipe. The bonus is that this is vegetarian, and with the removal of cheese, it's also vegan too! You can of course mix this up with flavours, vegetables, spices or herbs - what ever takes your fancy!
2 small/medium tortilla wraps
1 medium sweet potato, chopped
3 small peppers, chopped
1tsp rapeseed oil
1/2tsp garlic salt
1/2tsp smoked paprika
Grated cheese (20-30g)
Salad to serve
Preheat your oven to 200ºC.
Lay your sweet potato and peppers onto a baking tray lined with foil (no washing up!), drizzle with the oil, sprinkle with a bit of salt and give them a good mix around. Pop the tray in the oven to roast for 30 minutes or so, or until the sweet potato has gone soft. Don’t worry too much if the pepper starts to go a little charred, this for me adds to the flavour.
When the sweet potato and peppers are done, take them out of the oven and pop them into a bowl. Sprinkle over your garlic salt and smoked paprika and give them a good squash and a mix until all the ingredients are combined.
Take one of your tortillas, and spread your sweet potato filling thinly, making sure you get it close to the edge. Now sprinkle your grated cheese, again making sure this runs to the edge, and then pop your second tortilla on top.
Get a frying pan and place onto a medium/high heat. Once hot, carefully lift your tortilla and place into the pan. You’ll cook this for around 3-4 minutes, but every pan and tortilla is different! The aim is to get the tortilla brown and a bit crispy, before carefully flipping and cooking the other side.
There is a trick to flipping, and I’ll try and explain here, but I don’t accept any responsibility for your quesadilla landing on the floor…! So once your quesadilla is toasted on one side, slide onto a dinner place. Then, lift the plate up with one hand, and place the frying pan upside down on top. Be VERY careful, the pan will still be hot. Now in one swift movement, flip both over, so the quesadilla is in the pan and you can lift the plate. If this doesn’t work, use a spatula and prayer.
So once your quesadilla is toasted, place onto a board and cut into quarters with a pizza cutter or sharp knife. Serve up with your favourite salad, and a side of mayonnaise, salsa, guacamole or whatever else you fancy! Let me know what you think by commenting at the bottom of the page or contact me here.