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Shrimp Quesadillas!

By Raquel Teixeira
Posted May 31, 2012 in Food
It. Has. Been. Forever. Since I have posted a recipe. I have been so busy with this Masters program stuff...blah blah blah....I still eat...but have not tried very many new recipes which hurts me inside. So I made it a point a week back (I know, slacking on the posting...) to try something new. So I blew the dust off the camera to give you people what you want! FOOD!
If you have been following along, you should all be aware I have an obsession with garlic first and foremost, but for this posting, it's Mexican style food. I have had shrimp tacos before in a restaurant and fell in love. I was initially very skeptical of the concept, but quickly realized to never pre-judge food. Never.
Now, these quesadillas are not very similar to the tacos at all as those shrimp were deep fried and I am afraid of setting my house on fire and...well...I like to try to cut fat when I can. More so, I am afraid of setting the house on fire. SO these are pan fried, but grilling would be good too. Either way, these turned out great and a nice change from my typical quesadilla recipes. Oh seafood....I heart thee.
Well enough about me, how about this recipe. ( I stole it from the tried and true, All recipes...with modifications of course. ..cough..cough garlic)
Ingredients - serves 4
1/2 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon chili powder
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (or leave some seeds in if you so dare)
1 lime, juiced
4 large flour tortillas
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided (or just plain old marble or cheddar. I'm not that fancy)
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper for taste
Diced goodness
Diced goodness
MARINATE your shrimp in some of the cumin, salt, pepper and chili powder.
Shrimp marinating!
Shrimp marinating!
Preheat oven to 375F
Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion, red bell pepper, and garlic, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and peppers are soft, 3-5 minutes.
Stir shrimp into onion and bell peppers and cook until shrimp are translucent and no longer pink in the center, 3 to 5 minutes.
Remove skillet from heat; stir jalapeno pepper and lime juice into shrimp mixture.
Yummy shrimp and pepper mixture
Yummy shrimp and pepper mixture
Place a tortilla on a baking sheet. Spoon about 1/4 shrimp filling/mixture and 1/4 of the Mexican cheese blend on one side of tortilla.
Making some shrimp quesadillas
Making some shrimp quesadillas
Fold tortilla in half.
Cook until tortilla is lightly browned, about 10 minutes - KEEP YOUR EYE ON IT.
Shrimp Quesadillas!
Shrimp Quesadillas!
Serve with salsa and sour cream, and whatever else your heart desires.
Enjoy! :)

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