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Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza

How to Make Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza

Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza are a delicious Mexican dish featuring squash blossoms as a primary ingredient.

Texture-wise, squash blossoms (flor de calabaza) have a delicate and slightly crisp texture when cooked. They are fragile and can be easily sautéed or grilled.

To make Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza, the squash blossoms are typically cleaned, removing the stamens and stems, then lightly cooked. They are often combined with melted cheese—traditionally Oaxaca cheese or another melting cheese like Monterey Jack—inside a folded or sandwiched corn or flour tortilla.

The tortillas are heated on a griddle or skillet until the cheese melts and the tortilla becomes slightly crispy on the outside. This process creates a contrast between the soft, melted cheese and the slight crispiness of the tortilla.

Sometimes, additional ingredients like onions, herbs, or chili peppers might be added to enhance the flavor and texture of the quesadillas.

Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza are a popular dish, especially during the squash blossom season in Mexico. They offer a unique and delicate flavor with a pleasant mix of textures, combining the tender and mild flavor of the squash blossoms with the gooeyness of the melted cheese, all wrapped in a comforting tortilla.

Key Takeaways

  • Who these quesadillas appeal to: Food enthusiasts, those eager to explore unique Mexican flavors, anyone craving a light yet satisfying meal.
  • Estimated duration: A quick and delightful cooking experience that takes approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Nutrition facts: A tasty and nutritious dish featuring the subtle sweetness of squash blossoms.

About this Recipe

Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza showcase the essence of Mexican cuisine by incorporating the delicate and edible squash blossoms. This recipe guides you through creating these flavorful quesadillas, ensuring a perfect balance of textures and tastes.

Ingredients

  • 8 large squash blossoms, cleaned and stems removed
  • 1 cup Oaxacan cheese, shredded (or substitute with mozzarella)
  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped (optional for heat)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Preparing the Squash Blossoms:

  1. Clean and Trim:
  • Gently clean the squash blossoms to remove any dirt or insects.
  • Trim the stems and remove the pistil from inside each blossom.
  1. Sauté Onion and Jalapeño:
  • In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium heat.
  • Sauté the finely chopped white onion and jalapeño until softened.
  1. Add Squash Blossoms:
  • Add the cleaned squash blossoms to the pan.
  • Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the blossoms are just wilted.
  • Season with a pinch of salt.
  1. Set Aside:
  • Remove the mixture from the pan and set it aside.

Assembling the Quesadillas:

  1. Heat Tortillas:
  • In the same pan, add a touch of oil if needed.
  • Heat each tortilla for about 10-15 seconds on each side to make them pliable.
  1. Add Cheese and Squash Blossom Mixture:
  • Place a small amount of shredded Oaxacan cheese on half of each tortilla.
  • Spoon the sautéed squash blossom mixture over the cheese.
  1. Fold and Cook:
  • Fold the tortilla in half, creating a half-moon shape.
  • Cook each quesadilla for 2-3 minutes on each side until the cheese is melted, and the tortilla is golden and slightly crispy.
  1. Repeat:
  • Repeat the process for the remaining tortillas.
  1. Serve and Enjoy:
  • Serve the Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza warm, optionally accompanied by salsa or guacamole.

Side Suggestions

  • Fresh salsa with tomatoes, cilantro, and lime
  • Guacamole for creamy richness

Storage Options

Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza are best enjoyed fresh to maintain their crispiness. However, you can store any leftover squash blossom mixture in the refrigerator for up to a day. Reheat it gently and assemble quesadillas just before serving.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Oaxacan Cheese: Mozzarella or another melting cheese can be used as a substitute.
  • Tortillas: If corn tortillas are not available, you can use flour tortillas.

Alternatives to this Dish

Experiment with additional fillings like sautéed mushrooms, roasted poblano peppers, or crumbled queso fresco for a variety of flavors in your quesadillas.

Conclusion

Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza offer a delightful blend of the subtle sweetness of squash blossoms and the gooey goodness of melted cheese. This dish encapsulates the essence of Mexican cuisine, making every bite a celebration of fresh and unique flavors. ¡Buen provecho!