Tangy Cranberry Turkey Quesadillas

 

Cranberry Turkey Quesadillas include chopped turkey combined with a mixture of cream cheese, chopped cranberries, chopped green chilies (mild unless you want more heat!), honey and a dash of hot sauce  sandwiched between two whole wheat tortillas and grilled until crisp. Of course, ham or chicken could be substituted for turkey in this recipe which could be served as appetizers or a light lunch. I could definitely envision this as lunch the day after Thanksgiving when  great turkey leftovers abound!

The Recipe for Cranberry Turkey Quesadillas


Cranberry Turkey Quesadillas
Serves 2
Diced turkey, cranberries, cream cheese, green chilies, honey and a touch of hot sauce sandwiched between two whole wheat tortillas and grilled.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/4 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  3. 1 tablespoon chopped green chilies
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  5. 1 teaspoon (or less) of hot sauce (like Texas Pete)
  6. 4 whole wheat tortillas (6-inch)
  7. 1 cup diced cooked turkey breast
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Stir in the cranberries, chilies, honey and hot sauce until blended.
  3. Spread cream cheese mixture over tortilla; top with turkey.
  4. Add second tortilla on top. Repeat.
  5. Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and crisp.
  6. Cut into wedges to serve.
Notes
  1. Ham or chicken may be substituted for turkey in this recipe.
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 Cranberries just liven up any dish with their unique tart flavor and their beautiful jewel-red color! This recipe for Cranberry Turkey Quesadillas yields 2 servings; if more is needed just do the math!

Did You Know?

  • Firmness is the primary indicator of quality in choosing cranberries? Choose fresh, plump cranberries, deep red in color and quite firm to the touch.
  • Cranberries are not grown in water, they are grown in bogs. They are floated in water to allow for easier harvesting.
  • American Indians enjoyed cranberries cooked and sweetened with honey or maple syrup – a cranberry sauce recipe that was likely a treat at early New England Thanksgiving feasts. The Indians also used cranberries as the source for red dye.
  • Cranberries are grown in the northern United States and southern Canada. They are harvested between Labor Day and Halloween, then appear in grocery stores between October and December, just in time to add their festive hue, tart tangy flavor and numerous health benefits to our holiday meals.
  • Cranberries possess some anti-cancer properties, anti-oxidant properties and anti-inflammatory properties. Cranberries are useful in the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections.
  • Cranberries may be stored under refrigeration for up to 20 days. In the frozen state, cranberries may be kept for several years.
  • 95% of all cranberries are processed into juice.
  • Cranberry sauce was the first commercially processed food product.

 

More Recipes Featuring Cranberries

I would encourage you to buy extra cranberries this year to store in the freezer to use in some of the following recipes. Cranberries are available for such a short period of time! These recipes containing cranberries have appeared in earlier Silver Foodie posts.

How To Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Almond Muffins

Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Pork Roast

I hope you will let cranberries captivate you this year! What’s your favorite cranberry recipe?

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Chicken Black Bean Burritos

Chicken Black Bean Burritos

Chicken Black Bean Burritos are baked flour tortillas filled with grilled chicken, black bean salsa and pepper jack cheese and then served with a dollop of sour cream and chopped fresh tomatoes. Monterey Jack cheese may be substituted for the pepper jack cheese if you prefer a milder taste. These wonderful and tasty Chicken Black Bean Burritos may be prepared ahead of time and baked just before serving. Add about 5 minutes to the baking time if the burritos have been refrigerated prior to baking.

The Recipe for Chicken Black Bean Burritos

Chicken Black Bean Burritos
Serves 4
Flour tortillas are filled with grilled chicken, black bean salsa and pepper jack (or Monterey jack cheese) and baked until the cheese melts.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed & drained
  2. 2 scallions including green tops, chopped
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 1/3 pounds (about 4) chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
  7. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  9. 1/2 pound pepper jack cheese, grated (For a milder taste use Monterey jack cheese)
  10. 4 large (9-inch) flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. Light the grill or heat the broiler. In a small bowl, combine the black beans, scallions, lemon juice, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt.
  2. Rub the chicken breasts with the chili powder, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. Cook the chicken over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Turn and cook until brown and just done, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Remove, let the chicken rest for a few minutes, and then slice.
  4. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put one quarter of the cheese in a line near one edge of each tortilla.
  5. Top the cheese with one quarter of the black bean salsa and then with one quarter of the chicken slices.
  6. Roll up the burritos and wrap each one in foil. Bake them until the cheese melts, about 15 minutes.
Notes
  1. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some fresh chopped tomatoes.
Adapted from Quick from Scratch Chicken
Adapted from Quick from Scratch Chicken
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Preparation Tips

The chicken for the Chicken Black Bean Burritos may be prepared by the method of your choice but I grilled the chicken breasts for this recipe on my trusty stovetop grill pan. To insure even grilling, I pounded the chicken breasts flat with a meat mallet after placing them in a zip-lock bag with a tablespoon of water. (I believe adding the water keeps the chicken from sticking to the bag and makes it easier to pound.) This step of pounding the chicken is optional – I just wanted to make the pieces flatter and more uniform in size as I think they cook a little faster this way. If you prefer, just grill the chicken breasts without pounding them flat. If you’re short on time, you can always use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.


The chicken breasts are grilled, allowed to rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to settle down, and then sliced.

While the chicken is cooking, combine the ingredients for the black bean salsa.

To assemble the Chicken Black Bean Burritos, place a line of cheese near one edge of each tortilla. Top that with some Black Bean Salsa, then add some chicken pieces.

Roll up each burrito and wrap in foil. Bake them at 350°F. for 15 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Parting Comments

As I mentioned in my last post Chicken Feta Tostadas, my current mission is to try some new dishes for lunch as I have been in a rut with the same sandwiches for some time. I enjoyed the Chicken Feta Tostadas and the Chicken Black Bean Burritos very much and I hope you do as well because both recipes are fairly quick and easy to prepare. In the near future I’ll be featuring more lunch dishes. Stay tuned!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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