Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Shrimp, Steak, & Bacon Quesadillas

Everyone has those nights where you really just don't feel like cooking, or you simply don't have time. Tonight, for me, was one of those nights. I have an assignment due for my online class on Saturday, and reading to do for my night class tomorrow. Thursday and Friday night I'm going to be busy making cupcakes for my nephew's birthday party this Saturday, so tonight I really need to get my assignment and reading done for my classes (Check out my page later this week to see my cookies n cream cupcakes). Since my night is already pretty busy, I decided to make a quick dinner: quesadillas.

I love making quesadillas because there are no rules! You can put almost anything in them and they'll be good. Last night I grilled steaks for Lee and I, but I couldn't finish all of mine. I also had a few shrimp thawed out that didn't get used from our Yummy Shrimp Tacos last week, and some corn left over from our steak dinner. These three things, along with some chopped bacon, onions, and mushrooms got put into our quesadillas. Here's how I made them:

2 tortilla shells
1/3 cup shredded cheese (I like Colby-Jack)
*left-over meat and veggies (I used steak and peppers, but chicken or shrimp would both good too!)
*1 chopped mushroom
*1/3 chopped onion
*2 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
*These ingredients are all optional! Use what you have in your fridge, and personalize this to what your family likes.

Each recipe makes 2 servings.

I had some bacon thawed out that needed to be cooked up, so I took two pieces of bacon, cut them in half, and cooked them in the skillet. Once they were cooked, I removed the bacon and set on a paper towel, and left my grease in the skillet. Once the bacon cools, cut it into smaller pieces and set aside with the other chopped meats. If you're wanting to eat healthier, skip the bacon all together and just heat some extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in your skillet.

Next, I chopped my onion and mushroom and threw them in the skillet with the bacon grease. Once the onions were nearly soft, I threw in my chopped steak, de-tailed shrimp, left-over corn, and chopped bacon pieces. I stirred all of them up over medium heat until they were all warm.

Then I plugged in our quesadilla maker and put a tortilla on the bottom. (If you don't have a quesadilla maker, you can use a Panini press, or simply a skillet on the stove.) Fill the tortilla with your heated food mixture and throw some cheese on top. I like lots of cheese, so I used about 1/3 cup, but you can go more or less depending on your preference. Slap another tortilla on top, close the quesadilla maker, and let it cook. Once the tortilla shell is browned, take it out a cut into triangles using a pizza cutter or kitchen scissors.

I like to serve my quesadillas with queso and salsa. I love this meal because dinner can be ready in about 20 minutes!

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