Monday, October 5, 2009

Yum, Corn tortillas with fresh roasted corn and goat cheese.

So I try not to like to cook and really enjoy food. Can't help it, I guess. Found this recipe in a Cooking Lite Mag today while doing physical therapy for my arm. I made it a little better on the second round. Quite tasty and fun to make. PS I can never follow any recipe exactly, it is just not my nature. I can always make it a little better! This was part of a propel water advertisement and I had to read it three times to see where the water comes into play.
So, here it is, my version and theirs.
Goat Cheese and Roasted Corn Quesadillas

Ingredient shopping list:
1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 1 ear, I bought 2 just in case)
2/3 cup (5 ounces) of goat cheese, softened ( I bought 4 oz because it was that for $3.79 or more for about $7.50 or so, I can find something else to add for the price difference.)
1/4 c green onions, (forget it, I have sweet white onion I can add with the corn)
1o TBS of bottled salsa verde, divided (never bought it in a bottle before but OK)
Cooking spray
8 (6 inch) corn tortillas (no problem, gottem)

Oh yes, make sure you already have some crystal light and vodka and crushed ice in a blue mug from Mexico (my addition, of course)

Prep with my own additions:
They say 20 min from start to finish, they must be on something. Cutting fresh corn on the cob with a sharp knife is not something I want to do so quickly!

First, make you drink and heat your skillet, calphalon if you have it. Drink a few swigs so you don't cook too lightly. Get out the butter too.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over med high heat. Add corn; saute 2 minutes or until browned. STOP. It stuck. Add garlic olive oil and cook longer. Never spray your nonstick cook wear with cooking spray. It sticks and makes your pans ugly and sticky. Loosen up, use oil and take another swig of CR and vodka.
Now are we cooking Medium instead of light?

Place corn in small bowl. ( What about the rest? Add it too the other the top of the other casserole in the oven.Should have only bought one ear like it said.)
Add goat cheese while wishing you lived in Santa Fe and could use fresh goat cheese and realize maybe you should have spent a few more dollars and bought the larger pkg.
Add goat cheese to corn and stir well until blended. That is not as easy as you think since the cheese is a bit cold and the corn is hot having just bought the ingredients spontaneously.
Divide the corn mixture among four tortillas, spread to within 1/4 inch of edge, eating corn that falls off quickly. You can't sprinkle green onions on top because you did not buy them. Be happy with onion you mixed with corn as you sauteed it.
Drizzle each with 1 1/2 tsp of salsa. Do vodka dance while you drizzle and wish husband was already home. Oh that was salsa on tortilla not salsa dance!
Top with remaining tortillas. Add a pat with your palm so they stick together. Pat pat pat.

Drink another swig of your refreshing vodka drink and count to make sure you have your tortillas in a row.

Heat pan over med-high heat. Check. Coat pan with cooking spray. Uncheck. Use butter and remember Julia Child said it is OK just don't overdo it and you can have it. Check. Place two quesadillas in pan and brown on each side for 1- 1/2 min. or until golden.
Remove from pan and put on plate and call husband to table for taste test.

I say don't cook the other two yet because there may be improvements to be made.

Tell husband he must split the remaining white wine from yesterday even if he doesn't want to. The crystal light was necessary for assisting the cooks creativity and to stay lose making a better meal. Check.

Tastes pretty good. Neuvo Okie Texie Mexie. Glad I did not go ahead and cook the remaining two. Add shredded cheese to inside of quesadilla to hold it together more and add a little more flavor. Add a little more butter while browning the quesadilla. Now that is good. A little bit more fattening but worth it. Some fresh cilantro would also be a good addition.

And make sure you have more that 20 minutes and enjoy. Yes, with my improvements, I would serve this to guests. But, there are none left so don't even think of taking it for lunch tomorrow with a bottle of propelled water. Besides, that is not a green idea. Those bottles are quite polluting. Take some filtered fresh water in your own reusable bottle. Thanks anyway for the recipe.

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