713 East Prospect Road · Fort Collins · Colorado · 80525

Double Swiss Quesadilla (Chard and Cheese)

I’m typically a very “seat of my pants” cook, so it is especially challenging for me to keep track of ingredients for a recipe. Fortunately, some foods simply require a general technique, and aren’t to fussy about exact ingredients. A quesadilla is one of those foods. This particular quesadilla came about from the need to use up a bunch of mushrooms before heading out of town to go camping for the weekend. I brought several with me, and they were delicious as a cold snack right out of the cooler. They were even better the next day warmed up over the coals of the fire. Since the recipe is so loose, you can feel free to add whatever it is that you happen to have in the fridge.
Quesadillas with Swiss Cheese, Chard,Mushrooms and Herbs

Bunch of chard, washed and cut down the stem, then cut into strips

A few cups of mushrooms, sliced in half then cut into strips

A Tablespoon or two of olive oil

Salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and sautee until soft- this should take about 5 minutes. Add the chard and sautee another several minutes until the stems are tender and the leaves are wilted. Add more olive oil if needed, or a cube or two of frozen broth (see previous recipe for vegetable broth). Put the mixture into a bowl and return the pan to the heat, reducing heat to medium.

Burrito sizes flour tortilla

Swiss cheese, grated

Fresh basil, sliced into ribbons

Fresh onion tops, minced

Place the tortilla in the pan, and spread a thin layer of cheese on one half. Top the cheese with about a quarter cup of the chard and mushroom mixture, then top with another thin layer of cheese. Sprinkle with fresh basil and onion tops, then fold the tortilla in half. Another tortilla can be assembled the same way and cooked at the same time. Cover with a lid to keep the heat in- this allows the cheese to melt quickly. Flip once the tortilla is a nice golden brown color. When the tortilla is golden brown on the second side, remove, slice and enjoy!