Greek quesadillas are an idea I’ve seen floating around the web for awhile, but despite my obvious love of Greek + Mexican food, I really hadn’t thought seriously about making my own version until recently. Which is pretty ridiculous because I always have the staple ingredients hanging out in my kitchen– feta cheese, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, spinach– and I seem to incorporate those ingredients in half of the things I make from pizza to sandwiches to this.
Plus, when we get mediterranean food take-out, what do I get? Greek feta pizza. Seriously, I’m obsessed. So once I mulled the idea over for awhile, I was starting to get pretty excited about making it. Of course, when I told Jeff my idea, he was a bit skeptical of the whole tortilla mixed with non-Mexican food ingredients, but I convinced him to at least give it a shot. And you know what? I think he fell almost as much in love with them as me. Almost.
We also added a little of the leftover chicken from our picnic sandwiches just to beef up the quesadillas a bit, but they would also definitely work without the chicken as well if you’re looking to make it vegetarian friendly.
Finally, what’s Greek food without a little tzatziki sauce? Salsa is always a must with me when eating Mexican food–it’s just the perfect completer piece, you know? This tzatziki-inspired sauce is the salsa replacement here and a must for dipping your finished quesos.
Would you try other unusual combos in your normal quesadilla?
PS–If my veggies looked a little more than chopped, it’s because Jeff was teaching me a new knife/cutting technique and I was getting just a little too ambitious with my practicing ;)
1 large tortilla
1/2 cup chicken, chopped
5 artichoke hearts, chopped
5 kalamata olives, chopped
1/2 cup spinach, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup mediterranean feta cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons greek yogurt
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat oil in a large frying pan.
To assemble the quesadilla, layer all ingredients on one half of the tortilla and fold over.
For the tzatziki sauce, place all ingredients in a small bowl and combine.
Time: 20 minutes