Crispy Cheese and Mushroom Quesadillas

Crispy, cheesy quesadillas come together in just minutes! To make these a more complete meal, we add mushrooms to the mix. They make a quick snack, or a full meal with a salad or soup on the side.

In our house, when we’re hungry and in a hurry, we always turn to quesadillas.

These mushroom quesadillas take the instant “plain cheese” version a step further, but with only about 10 extra minutes of time. The reward is eating more vegetables—or at least, one more vegetable! Plus, the earthy flavor of mushrooms is especially good with corn tortillas!

WHAT TO SERVE WITH QUESADILLAS

Depending on my mood and my energy level, I would serve these as a meal with soup foraged from my freezer, or alongside a big green salad. They also are great for a quick snack.

MAKE-AHEAD STEPS!

You can cook the mushrooms, grate the cheese, store them in separate containers in the fridge, and then just assemble the quesadillas to order.

Already assembled and cooked, these will also be good for at least one day stored in the refrigerator. Place them on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and reheat in the microwave for soft tortillas. Or you can take a little extra time and reheat them in a skillet until crisp and hot.

HOW TO SPEED THINGS UP EVEN MORE!

These quesadillas are already fast to make, but here are a few ways to make them even faster:

  • Hack #1: To make these quesadillas really quickly, buy pre-grated cheese and pre-sliced mushrooms. You’ll pay a little extra for that, but weighed against your time, in my book, it’s worth a few pennies more. The ingredients are still fresh!
  • Hack #2: If you have a pancake griddle, you can make several at a time, and feed everyone at once.

MICROWAVE OR STOVETOP COOKING?

You can assemble these quesadillas and cook them in the microwave until the cheese melts, but I love the crispy edges of melted cheese that come from cooking the quesadillas on top of the stove. Let’s face it—crispy bits are where it’s at!

If you want to reheat leftovers, however, the microwave is a little less cumbersome than the pan on the stove.

HOW TO SERVE THE MASSES

If you want to serve all your quesadillas at once, preheat the oven to 300ºF. Place the already-made quesadillas in a single layer on a baking sheet. Keep them warm in the oven as you make more.

You can also serve them like pancakes! Pass the one you just finished to the first in line while hot, then make another!

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