Your waffle iron serves double duty as a quesadilla grill in this easy recipe.
The waffle iron is generally seen as a uni-tasking piece of kitchen equipment. After all, the name does imply that only good for waffles.
The truth is, a waffle iron is just two hot pieces of metal that smash together – and once you get comfortable with yours, you can smash tons of delicious things in it.
Take, for example, this waffle iron quesadilla. It’s quick to make, and you end up with a cool design! The filling ideas are endless, but I kept it fairly simple for this version.
Obviously, you’ll need cheese (I went with pepper jack) and it’s a good idea to have some veggies in there as well. I sautéed some poblano peppers with some diced jalapenos. Old El Paso taco seasoning provides all the extra flavor you'll need.
To start the quesadilla, it might help to rub your iron with a neutral oil. I wouldn’t use anything like olive oil or it might linger the next time you want to make actual waffles. A neutral oil will be fine though!
Depending on your iron and your tortillas, you might have to trim down your tortillas a bit to fit.
Once you put the bottom tortilla on, you can fill the tortilla with cheese and fillings. I like to add a little sprinkle of Old El Paso taco seasoning too for instant flavoring.
Top with more cheese and another tortilla, then press it down! It’ll cook really fast thanks to the heat and pressure of the waffle iron. As it cooks and the cheese melts, some of it may spill out. Don’t worry about it. There’s still plenty of delicious cheese on the inside.
When your quesadilla is done, remove it from the iron using a fork or knife and slice it into quarters. Then garnish it with sour cream, salsa, and fresh cilantro and serve it immediately.
This is a pretty fun way to handle one or two quesadillas. Give it a shot the next time you are in a Tex-Mex mood!
Nick believes the waffle iron is far from a uni-tasker! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon profile.