Lunches — By Ben on 23 March 2009
Whole-Wheat Quesadillas

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I was meaning to post this recipe last Friday for Lent, but life got in the way and I had to wait until today to share these quesadillas. But Lent is still going on (it lasts 40 days, doesn’t it?) and you can try this meatless and healthy lunch this week. Even if you are not religious like me, you can still enjoy it. Remember that speedo/bikini season is around the corner in the northern hemisphere. You gotta get ready to show off your beautiful and lean body! :D

Corn tortillas are a staple food in Mexico. Flour tortillas are not as common, only in the northern states, and whole-wheat tortillas are even less common. But for awhile I have been meaning to make my own. If I only knew they were so easy to make I would’ve started making them a long time ago. And what do you make with homemade whole-wheat tortillas? Healthy quesadillas, of course.

When I made this dish for last month’s Royal Foodie Joust, a lot of my readers asked about the canned pumpkin blossoms I used for it. So I decided to head back to the Mexican market and buy another can to photograph. Surprisingly, I also found a can of cuitlacoche (corn smut, considered a delicacy in Mexico) and decided to make some very authentic Mexican quesadillas.

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In markets, plazas, restaurants and fritanga street booths all around Central Mexico you are likely to find fresh cuitlacoche and flor de calabaza quesadillas in early autum. This is early spring and my ingredients weren’t fresh, but they were still a great reminder of the food I grew up with and miss so much. The canned cuitlacoche and pumpkin flower were already cooked and spiced up so I only had to make my tortillas and fill them with these two ingredients and some Oaxaca cheese. Every bite filled my mouth with mariachi music and bright Mexican colors, LOL. If you can’t find these two ingredients, you can still use the tortilla recipe and make your favorite quesadillas for lunch.

Homemade Whole-Wheat Quesadillas
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
 
Ingredients
  • •2 cups whole wheat flour
  • •1 tsp baking powder
  • •1/2 tsp salt
  • •2 T olive oil
  • •1/2 cup warm tap water
Instructions
  1. Mix well all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface and knead slightly.
  3. Divide in 8-10 portions and shape into balls.
  4. Roll balls on a floured surface as thin as possible and cook for 30-45 seconds each side (or until puffy) on a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Wrap them in a cloth to keep warm or fill with your favorite quesadilla ingredients, fold and cook until cheese melts.

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¡Buen provecho!

This is another contribution to my Homemade food event. This month’s challenge is Homemade bread. Any kind of bread is accepted (flat, non-yeasted, classic, artisan, etc) The goal of this event is to learn from each other how to make staple foods at home.

I am also sending this recipe to Bookmarked Recipes. The quesadillas are a classic food in Mexico and I found the tortillas recipe on this site. This week BR is hosted by Physcgrad of Equal Opportunity Kitchen.

Also remember that there is a new board on What’s cooking – Forum where we can share our food pictures to have them reviewed by other foodies. The best way to improve our photography skills is by constructive criticism and that’s the goal of Food Photography Critics.

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(18) Readers Comments

  1. Pumkin flowers! Sounds good. I have to look for these.

  2. I love making my own tortillas! I will have to try this whole wheat version. Thanks!

  3. Yummy quesadillas! I haven’t heard of cuitlacoche – sounds like a fascinating ingredient!

  4. Ben, how cool. Although I could never see myself in a bikini, I can picture myself healthy. I’ve made tortillas, but they are never ever round. That kills me. But, with your recipe, I’ll try the wholewheat tortillas. I guess it doesn’t matter if they’re crooked!

  5. I’m fascinated with these quesadillas you cooked…those ingredients sound wonderful! You’ve captured them so beautifully Ben!

  6. These sound like the roti we make in india.. with wheat flour of course.. I make them almost everyday for our meals.. & make quesadillas for my kids with them.. love your filling, very unique…

  7. Mmm huitlacoche. I love me my corn smut. Never tried it at home but I certainly order it when it’s offered at restaurants.

  8. How lovely!! They look great!!!

  9. Your quesadillas sound delightful Ben.

  10. Ben – Thanks for the clarification on the Flor de Calabaza. I have only seen them fresh and this neck of the woods, they’re called zucchini flowers. We generally stuff them with cheese and bake them.

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