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This delicious, vegetarian recipe is adapted from a recipe in "Gourmet Magazine" (April 1995). You can also add mushrooms and experiment with different cheeses. Serves 4 as a main dish; 8 as an appetizer. Garnish with lemon wedges and sprigs of cilantro or some Cumin-Lime Cream. (To prepare this, whisk together well 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 tsp ground cumin, and 1 tsp fresh lime juice.)
- 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large red onion, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices and separated into rings
- eight 6- to 7-inch flour tortilla
- 1⁄2 lb monterey jack pepper cheese, coarsely shredded (a 2x5 log) or 1⁄2 lb goat cheese (a 2x5 log)
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- Preheat oven to 500°F In a large shallow baking pan, toss onion with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil until coated well. Roast in oven, stirring about every 5 minutes. Using another large shallow baking pan, toss asparagus with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and salt and pepper to taste until coated well. When onions have been roasting for about 25 minutes, add asparagus to oven and roast for additional 10 minutes, stirring halfway, until tender and lightly browned.
- Preheat broiler. Grease a large baking sheet. On sheet, arrange 4 tortillas in one layer and divide vegetables, cheese, and coriander among them. Cover quesadillas with remaining 4 tortillas.
- Brush top tortillas with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and broil quesadillas about 3 inches from heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes. With a metal spatula, turn quesadillas over and broil until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Cut quesadillas into wedges and serve.