Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins
These quesadillas have lots of flavor. My sis found the recipe in the "Food Lovers Weight Loss Cookbook" put out by the editors of Health Magazine. The original recipe uses crab meat but I don't have access to good fresh crab meat. We've found that you can use just about any meat. I've kept it written low-fat but use full fat ingredients myself. In the book, these are paired up with a Pan-Roasted Corn Salsa that is quite excellent.
- 2 fresh poblano chiles
- 1⁄3 cup light cream cheese, softened
- 1⁄4 cup low-fat sour cream
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic (if fresh, use less)
- 1 lb cooked chicken, shredded (or steak, shrimp, crab)
- 2 cups shredded reduced-fat monterey jack cheese
- 1⁄2 cup organic low-sodium salsa (or pico de gallo)
- 6 whole wheat tortillas (8 or 10 inch)
- butter-flavored cooking spray
- Preheat broiler.
- Cut chiles in half lengthwise, discarding stems and seeds.
- Place chile halves skin side up on a foil-lined baking sheet and flatted with palm of your hand.
- Broil 15 minutes or until chiles are blackened.
- Place in zip-lock bag;seal, and let stand 5 minutes.
- Plunge chiles in ice water to aid in peeling charred skin away.
- Place Roasted chiles, cream cheese, lime juice, garlic, and sour cream in a food processor.
- Process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl twice. (Reserve 6 tablespoons of poblano cream to top quesadillas)
- Preheat non-stick skillet or griddle.
- "Butter" 1/2 of a tortilla side (half moon) with the poblano cream. Be sure to coat all the way to the edges to seal the quesadilla when cooking.
- Sprinkle with Jack cheese.
- Spoon on a bit of salsa, chosen meat filling, more Jack cheese, and green onions.
- Fold tortilla over and press around the edges.
- Repeat with remaining tortillas. Cover with a damp towel to keep them from drying out while assembling the rest.
- Spray preheated skillet with cooking spray.
- On medium-high heat, cook quesadillas 2 minutes on each side or until browned.
- Cut each quesadilla in half. Top with poblan cream and salsa.
The poblano cream is so yummy, just the right touch to dress up a quesadilla. I used black beans in place of the chicken, and served them alongside a corn and potato chowder. I do want to point out that the green onions are missing from the ingredient list; I didn't happen to have any on hand so I just left them out. I would suggest using gloves when working with the poblanos...
I made two quesadillas and served with Chicken Poblano Chowder. Great flavorful meal. I used flour tortillas, cooked chicken, one half roasted poblano and one jalapeno pepper. We will have this again soon.