Baking Sheet Quesadilla

Baking Sheet Quesadilla

In our family we all love quesadillas.  My grandkids would eat it everyday!  I mean what’s not to love?  It’s crunchy on the outside and gooey cheese on the inside.  Not to mention you can garnish it with guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa, cheese, sour cream, or whatever your heart desires.

But have you ever tried making quesadillas for the entire family?  I know it’s pretty easy, just like making a grilled cheese sandwich.  But even grilled cheese sandwiches take time to make and someone, usually me, always ends  up eating last.  So if you’re aiming for a family meal together grilled cheese sandwiches and individual quesadillas are probably not the way to go.

That’s why I love Baking Sheet Quesadillas.  It’s easy, delicious, can be put together in advance, and best of all the whole family can share the meal together!

Really you can stuff this quesadilla with just about anything you want then pop it in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes and you’re done.  But one of my favorite stuffing is taco meat and cheese, you can’t go wrong with that combination!

I usually make my taco filling without packaged taco seasoning, but you can definitely use a packet when making yours.  I use ground beef, but it can be made with ground turkey or chicken or ground impossible meat for a plant based option.

Here’s my recipe, feel free to adapt it to your tastes!  By the way you will need 2 baking sheets each about 1″ deep with sides to make this recipe. I use 11×9 baking sheets because I bake it in my Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer, but you can use a larger sheet and bake it in your regular oven.

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Baking Sheet Quesadilla

Ingredients:

1 Tbs. Olive Oil

1 lb. ground beef (or the meat of your choice)

1 Tbs. Onion Powder

1 1/2 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1/2 Tbs. Ground Cumin

2 Tbs. Chili Powder

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro chopped

1 Package Flour Tortillas

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar and Jack Cheese Mix

1/2 cup Salsa

Cooking Spray (I use avocado oil)

Toppings: Cilantro, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa, Shredded Cheese, etc. (all optional)

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in a skillet.

Add Ground meat and cook until it starts to brown.

Add powdered spices and mix well.

Cook until meat is crumbly.

Stir in 1/2 of the chopped cilantro.

Set aside.

Spray 1 baking sheet with cooking spray

Arrange 1 layer of tortillas on the sheet – they must over lap and half of each tortilla must hang over the sides of the sheet.  Place tortillas in the middle so that the bottom of the sheet is completely covered.

Evenly spread taco meat over the tortilla layer.

Sprinkle shredded cheese over meat.

Spread salsa over all.

Fold the hanging portions of tortillas over the filling using more tortillas to cover the middle.  Make sure there are no gaps or holes on the top.

Place second baking sheet over the tortillas with the bottom of the pan directly on top of the folded tortillas.

Bake in a pre-heated 425° oven for 20-30 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy.  Do not burn.

Remove from oven and cut into squares.

Serve hot with toppings so everyone can top it with their favorites.

 


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  1. Heat Olive Oil in a skillet.
  2. Add Ground meat and cook until it starts to brown.
  3. Add powdered spices and mix well.
  4. Cook until meat is crumbly.
  5. Stir in 1/2 of the chopped cilantro.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Spray 1 baking sheet with cooking spray
  8. Arrange 1 layer of tortillas on the sheet - they must over lap and half of each tortilla must hang over the sides of the sheet.  Place tortillas in the middle so that the bottom of the sheet is completely covered.
  9. Evenly spread taco meat over the tortilla layer.
  10. Sprinkle shredded cheese over meat. 
  11. Spread salsa over all. 
  12. Fold the hanging portions of tortillas over the filling using more tortillas to cover the middle.  Make sure there are no gaps or holes on the top.  
  13. Place second baking sheet over the tortillas with the bottom of the pan directly on top of the folded tortillas.  
  14. Bake in a pre-heated 425° oven for 20-30 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy.  Do not burn.
  15. Remove from oven and cut into squares. 
  16. Serve hot with toppings so everyone can top it with their favorites. 
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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Anyone’s New Year’s resolution involve dieting?  I know at our house it does.  Yes, now that the holidays have been put away it’s time to get back to normal eating and perhaps back to a diet.

To my husband that means eating low-carb and even Keto.  Whenever he went on one of his strict no carb diets I always ended up making 2 different dinners, no or low carb for  him and normal for the grandkids.  Well not this year!  I decided that low-carb or Keto friendly doesn’t mean that those not on diets can’t enjoy the same foods.  Seriously!  So I embarked on a journey to find dishes that would meet my husband’s needs and be tasty enough for the whole family!  I’ll be sharing recipes as I go!

My first keto friendly dish enjoyed by everyone in the house are these Zucchini Pizza Boats.  They are absolutely delicious, even for those who don’t particularly care for zucchini.  (That would be the grandson who refused to eat anything “green”! But he loves these Pizza Boats!)

This is such as easy recipe to make and it is seriously yummy!  It’s a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies!

They’re a meal on their own, but feel free to serve them with Garlic Bread if you feel the need for carbs.  I serve them with a nice crisp salad of mixed greens with Italian dressing.  Very nutritious!

The recipe calls for Marinara Sauce, you can use store bought, your favorite homemade sauce, or try some of my yummy homemade Marinara Sauce.

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Ingredients:

3 Large Zucchini

1 Tbs. Olive OIl

1 Lb. Ground Beef

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning

2 Cups Marinara Sauce

1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese

1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

Cooking spray

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Heat oil in frying pan.

Place ground beef in pan and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning.

Cook until meat is crumbly.

Add marinara sauce and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10-15 minutes.

Combine 3 cheeses and stir in half of cheese mixture into beef mixture.  Set aside.

Cut off zucchini stems and cut each zucchini in half lengthwise.

Using a melon baller scoop out insides of zucchini, save the insides for later uses.

Place Zucchini boats on to baking pan.

Spoon meat mixture into each boat making sure each boat is filled to the brim.

Sprinkle remaining cheese over each boat.

Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to turn brown.

Serve hot with salad or garlic bread.

 

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside. Heat oil in frying pan. Place ground beef in pan and add garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Cook until meat is crumbly. Add marinara sauce and simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, about 10-15 minutes. Combine 3 cheeses and stir in half of cheese mixture into beef mixture.  Set aside. Cut off zucchini stems and cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller scoop out insides of zucchini, save the insides for later uses. Place Zucchini boats on to baking pan. Spoon meat mixture into each boat making sure each boat is filled to the brim. Sprinkle remaining cheese over each boat. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and started to turn brown.  Serve hot with salad or garlic bread.
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Maqluba an Upside Down Arabic Dish

Maqluba an Upside Down Arabic Dish

Macluba

Maqluba is a Levantine dish popular in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine.  The name literally means “upside down” because the meat, vegetables, and rice are stacked in a handleless pot to cook, then flipped over and placed on a large tray for serving.

These days Maqluba is described as a one pot dish, which I suppose it could be; assuming you don’t count the pot you stew the meat in, and the pan you fry the veggies in.  Not to mention the bowl you soak the rice in, and if you’re adding vermicelli and pine nuts the pan you brown the pasta and nuts in.

Maqluba is very similar to Paella which is also a one pot dish composed of meat or seafood, veggies, and rice.  Considering that many parts of Spain was under Moorish rule for a total of about 800 years it would be fair to say that Paella is the Spanish version of Maqluba or vice versa.

It is honestly the only Arabic dish I can claim to have mastered.  After years of making Maqluba I’ve finally gotten it right every single time.  It’s really not that difficult to make, it’s just tedious due to all the steps in the recipe and the time it takes to make it.  If you count the time it takes to soak the rice this dish takes all day to make, at the very least about 3  hours.  But it is truly worth the time and effort.

Maqluba is typically made with stewed meat, either lamb, beef, or chicken; fried vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflower, or eggplant; and rice.  All the ingredients are stacked in that order into a large deep pot preferably without handles.  Of course you can omit the meat and make a vegetarian dish.

There are “enhancements” you can add to make the dish fancier.  Some folks like to mix vermicelli and even garbanzo beans in the rice before cooking, then sprinkle it with pine nuts before serving.  And of course in our family I slip tomato wedges between the meat before cooking, and some of us like to top the cooked dish with corn kernels and plain yogurt.  In short I suppose each family has it’s own version on how to cook and eat Maqluba.  But one thing is certain, it’s delicious!

Here’s how we make it at our house, but first here’s a quick tip.  When making Maqluba use a deeper pot with no handles (a maqluba pot is the best, but hard to find in the US, you may find one at a middle eastern grocery store) and a lid, or a pot with removable handles or handles that aren’t too close to the pot lip.  This will make flipping it over easier as handles can block the tray you flip it on to from laying flat on top of the pot.  The pot has to be deep enough to layer the ingredients and still have enough space for the rice to expand as it cooks.

Maqcluba

Ingrdients:

4-5 Cups Long Grain Rice

1 Tbs. Turmeric Powder

1/8 Cup Olive Oil

8-10 pieces of meat (lamb, beef, or bone in chicken thighs)

1 Large Onion, cut in chunks

1 Tbs. Garlic, crushed

1 Tbs. + 1 Tsp. Ground Cumin

1 Tsp. + 1 Tsp. Ground Nutmeg

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1 Box Stock (beef or chicken depending on the meat you use)

1 Large Cauliflower, cut into chunks

1 Large Eggplant, cut into rounds

3 Potatoes, peeled and cut into rounds

Oil for frying

Cooking spray

2 Tomatoes cut in wedges

6 Cloves of Garlic, peeled

Vermicelli (Optional)

1 Can Garbanzo Beans, drained (Optional)

1/2 Cup Pine Nuts (Optional)

Butter (Optional)

1 Can Corn Kernels (Optional)

1 Cup Fresh Plain Greek Yogurt (Optional)

Directions:

Place rice in a big bowl and cover with water.

Add Turmeric to water and stir until it is evenly distributed and water turns yellow.  Set aside for at least 2 hours. Check periodically as the rice will absorb the water.  If all the water is absorbed add more and stir.

Heat olive oil in a stock pot.

Saute onions in hot oil until it starts to turn translucent.

Add crushed garlic and cook another minute, stir to keep from burning.

Add meat, 1 Tbs. Cumin, 1 Tsp. Nutmeg, salt, and pepper.  Cook until meat starts to brown.

Add stock and then add water to completely cover the meat.

Let simmer until meat is tender and fully cooked.  About 2 hours.  Set aside when done.

Meanwhile place about 1″ oil in frying pan.

Fry your veggies until cooked and drain on paper towels.  Set aside.

If using Vermicelli and/or Pine Nuts:  Melt about 1 tbs. butter in a small frying pan.  Add vermicelli and cook until it starts to turn brown, stir constantly to keep from burning.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Repeat this procedure with Pine Nuts.

When ready to stack meat in the pot:

Spray bottom and sides of pot with cooking spray.

Drain rice then stir in vermicelli noodles and/or garbanzo beans if using.

Starting with the meat, remove meat from pot it was cooked it, reserve the broth do not discard.

Arrange meat at the bottom of the pot.

Slip garlic cloves and tomato wedges between the meat.

Sprinkle meat with 1 tsp. cumin and 1 tsp. nutmeg.

Arrange veggies on top of meat.

Pour rice mixture over the veggies and smooth out to make the top flat.

Gently pour reserved broth over the rice.  Fill until the broth just covers the rice, if you don’t have enough broth add water.

Cover with lid and simmer over medium heat until rice is cooked.  Check every 10 minutes or so to make sure the liquid has not all evaporated before the rice is cooked.  If you need to add more liquid, either broth or water.  This takes about 30 minutes.

If the rice is cooked and you still have liquid remove lid and raise the heat for about 5 minutes so that the rest of the liquid evaporates.  Be careful not to burn the bottom.  Or you can carefully drain extra liquid before flipping.

When rice is cooked and there is no more liquid remove pot from lid.  Let rest about 5 minutes.

Flip over onto a large tray.

Garnish with cooked Pine Nuts on the meat if desired.

Serve with bowls of corn kernels and plain yogurt.

 

 

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Ham & Cheese Sliders

Ham & Cheese Sliders

Looking for something fun and simple to make for lunch this summer?  Something the kids and adults will love?  How about these Ham & Cheese Sliders?

These Ham & Cheese Sliders are super easy to make and they’re great for lunch, snacks, and even potlucks.  We serve them during pool parties, the kids and adults love them.  Best of all they’re very easy to make and can be prepped ahead of time.  Just pop them in the oven about half an hour before serving.  They’re great hot or cold.

Here’s what you need to make them!  I’m sure your family will love them as much as mine does.  The kids usually fight over the left overs!

By the way you can use  ham or if you prefer turkey or turkey ham.  I use King’s Bakery Hawaiian Sweet Rolls but if you can’t find them any kind of sweet dinner rolls will work.  I also use the ham and cheese I have sliced at the deli, I like the slices a bit thicker; but you can use the packed have you find at your grocer’s refrigerated case like Oscar Mayer or whatever brand you prefer.  I use Munster Cheese because it melts well and has a mild flavor everyone enjoys, but you can use whatever cheese you like.

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Ham & Cheese Sliders

2 Package King’s Bakery Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

1 Lb.  Sliced Ham

1 Lb. Sliced Munster Cheese or your preferred cheese

1/2 Stick Melted Butter

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1 Tbl. Chopped fresh parsley

Cooking spray

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with cooking spray.

Cut dinner rolls in half horizontally.

Place bottom of rolls tightly against each other in the pan, you should be able to fit 36 rolls.

Cut Ham and Cheese slices into squares about the same size as the rolls.

Place 2-3 slices of ham and 2-3 slices of cheese on each roll.

Place Roll tops on the cheese filling.

Mix garlic powder and parsley into melted butter.

Brush butter mixture on the rolls.

Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serve hot or cold.


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Spinach Puffs & Other Appetizer Recipes for Your New Year’s Eve Party

Spinach Puffs & Other Appetizer Recipes for Your New Year’s Eve Party

New Year’s Eve is just days away!  Whether you’re throwing a big bash or just ringing in the New Year with your significant other finger foods are a must have.  After all you shouldn’t start the New Year on an empty stomach!

This year I’m making these yummy Spinach Puffs as well as a few other tidbits to go with our bubbly!  Here are some of my favorite appetizer recipes, maybe you’ll find one or two that tickles your fancy!

Spinach PuffsThese Spinach Puffs are light and delish, your friends and family will love them.  Best of all Spinach Puffs are very easy to make, you can make them ahead of time or whip them up in about a half hour.

You’ll just need 4 main ingredients to whip up a batch of these Spinach Puffs.

You can make them ahead of time and freeze them in ziplock freezer bags until you’re ready to use them.  Just thaw them out to room temperature then pop them in a 400º oven to heat up.

By the way, you can use them for any occasion, you’re not limited to New Year’s Eve!

Spinach Puffs

Makes 24 Spinach Puffs

3 sheets frozen puff pastry – thawed to room temperature

5 oz. bag fresh baby spinach leaves

1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. finely minced garlic

1 tsp. olive oil

Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

salt & pepper to taste

cooking spray

Procedure

Heat oil in a medium skillet

Add garlic and sauté about 1 minute or until golden brown

Add spinach leaves and cook until soft and dark green in color – use the spatula to cut spinach leaves into small pieces

Add salt, pepper & crushed red pepper

Cook one more minute

Turn off heat and let cool slightly

Add mozzarella cheese and stir well – cheese may melt

Lightly spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray

Unfold pastry sheets and cut out 3″ circles with a cookie cutter

Place a pastry circle in each muffin cup and gently press in

Divide spinach cheese mixture into each muffin cup

Pinch 2 opposite sides of circle together, then do it to the other 2 sides to form a pocket with the spinach mixture inside

Pre-heat oven to 400º

Bake for 18 minutes or until pastry is golden brown

Remove from oven and serve warm or freeze for later.


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  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet
  2. Add garlic and sauté about 1 minute or until golden brown
  3. Add spinach leaves and cook until soft and dark green in color - use the spatula to cut spinach leaves into small pieces
  4. Add salt, pepper & crushed red pepper Cook one more minute
    spinach puffs
  5. Turn off heat and let cool slightly Add mozzarella cheese and stir well - cheese may melt
  6. Lightly spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray
  7. Unfold pastry sheets and cut out 3" circles with a cookie cutter
  8. Place a pastry circle in each muffin cup and gently press in
    spinach puffs
  9. Divide spinach cheese mixture into each muffin cup
    spinach puffs
  10. Pinch 2 opposite sides of circle together, then do it to the other 2 sides to form a pocket with the spinach mixture inside
    spinach puffs
  11. Pre-heat oven to 400º
  12. Bake for 18 minutes or until pastry is golden brown
  13. Remove from oven and serve warm or freeze for later.
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