Roasted Chayote Quesadillas

Saturday, August 9, 2014

roasted chayote quesadillas {so sweet like sarah}

Okay, I know what most of you are thinking.  What on earth is a chayote?  I had never heard of chayote until I saw it used as a slaw in a taco at a trendy taqueria.  Chayote, while when roasted tastes like a squash, is actually a fruit.

While searching for some tomatillos in the produce section, I saw a basket of chayotes.  I had never seen them in a grocery store around here before and made a mental note to come back and buy some. After coming up with a few recipes to use them in, I went back to buy some.  They were gone.  I asked the produce manager if he had any and he said, "Chayote? The squash? I can't give those things away!".  He seemed to be in disbelief I actually wanted to buy any.  After a few minutes of discussion he told me to come back on Wednesday and he'd open a box just for me!

roasted chayote quesadillas {so sweet like sarah}

Roasted Chayote Quesadillas
Serves: 2

1 chayote, peeled and cut into wedges
2 tsp. olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. chipotle chili pepper
2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1 c. spinach, wilted (optional)
2 tortillas
Simple Chipotle Crema (optional, recipe follows)
Tomatillo Salsa (optional)

Preheat the oven to 425˚.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or silicon baking mat.  If using aluminum foil, spray with a nonstick spray.

Place cut chayote into a bowl.  Toss with 1 tsp. olive oil, chipotle chili pepper, and salt and pepper (if desired).  Spread evenly onto prepared baking sheet.  Roasted for about 20 minutes, flipping chayote on to other side halfway through.  

While chayote is roasting, heat a skillet over medium heat.  Heat up remaining 1 tsp. olive oil and add onion.  (You can also add the chipotle chili pepper, salt, and pepper to the onions as well.)  Cook onions, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes, or until caramelized and golden brown.

If desired, wilt 1 cup of spinach in a skillet over medium heat.

To prepare quesadillas: Evenly distribute roasted chayote, caramelized onions, wilted spinach (if desired), and goat cheese onto half of a tortilla.  When filled, fold over half of the tortilla.  Cook tortillas in a skillet for about 5 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy.  

Top with Simple Chipotle Crema and Tomatillo Salsa.  

roasted chayote quesadillas {so sweet like sarah}

Simple Chipotle Crema
(This makes 1 cup - much more than is needed for the recipe above).
8 oz. sour cream
1 chipotle in adobo sauce + 1 tsp. sauce
1/2 tsp. lime juice
Salt, to taste

Combine all ingredients, except salt, in a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Add salt to taste.

roasted chayote quesadillas {so sweet like sarah}
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