Friends, I’m so excited because today’s recipe is the first of hopefully many brought to you by my sweet sister-in-law, Catherine Lowe! In my 14 years of blogging, I’ve never given over the reigns to anyone else, but when Catherine asked me if she could begin contributing, I immediately said PLEASE!! Not only is Catherine the sweetest person I know, she’s an amazing cook too! Hopefully, there will be many more Catherine recipes here on my site. I even made a dedicated tab just for her recipes so that you can easily find them. Without further ado, here’s what she has to say about today’s delicious Texi-Cuban Quesadillas…
I love to cook. I’ve always loved to cook. It’s mainly because I love food so much and I love to create. When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to become a food critic and although I’m not as official as all that, I now get to be in a space to show my love for food (thanks to Shay Shull and this blog :)).
One of my favorite things about being a part of Sean’s family is that we get together constantly and eat homemade food. That’s something I was used to with my family before I met him and I’m so so glad that I get to continue that ritual. A couple years ago, after another one of those warm family dinners, Shay had a ton of leftover pulled pork that she made in the slow cooker. (Side note: I AM that person who hoards food. If there is food left over and it is expected to go in the trash, after years of whispering to the host, “can I take that home?”, it’s now a known fact that the host instead already packs it for me.) So that night, Shay packed me a giant Tupperware of pulled pork and to be honest, I had no clue what to do with it. So, I experimented.
I made some pulled pork sandwiches (check Shay’s recipe) and then I started to think about the movie Chef and those Cuban sandwiches for no reason other than YUM. I thought, how could I make a Cuban sandwich and BBQ/Texas quesadilla baby (also one of Shay’s recipes)?
And thus, the Texi-Cuban quesadilla was born.Print
- 8 Uncooked tortillas (they’re just better, I promise) soft-taco size – tortilla land brand
16 slices of deli ham
24 Fresh Slices of Swiss cheese
3 cups of Freshly grated cheddar cheese (3/4 cup each quesadilla)
2 cups of Andrea’s pulled pork recipe (or any BBQ pulled pork ready to heat) (1/2 cup each quesadilla)
Sliced red onion – 1/2 of a small onion
Cilantro for garnish
1 cup Sour cream
Fresh lime juice from 3 limes
2 tbsp Taco seasoning
- Medium high heat on a griddle or large pan to cook the tortillas, they’ll turn from translucent to white and they’ll be ready when both sides have lighter brown spots. Watch them closely, you don’t want them to burn! While all 8 tortillas are cooked, heat the meat (both the pulled pork and the deli ham) in the microwave just so they’re warm enough to melt the cheese and don’t take forever for the inside of the quesadillas to cook.
- Line one tortilla with 3 slices of Swiss cheese and 2 slices of warmed deli ham and line another with 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese and stack the warmed pulled pork (1/2 cup) and some red onion slices. Place one of the filled tortillas onto a medium low heated griddle and warm until the cheese melts. Repeat with the other tortilla and combine the two while the second tortilla is heating.
- Repeat with the remaining 6 tortillas/3 quesadillas.
- Garnish with cilantro. Serve with spiced sour cream.
- For the spiced sour cream:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and keep cold until the quesadillas are ready.