Shrimp and Vegetable QuesadillasCuisinart Original Recipe
1 pound large shrimp, deveined and shelled, rinsed well
1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
1 medium red onion, about 6 ounces, thinly sliced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 small flour or corn tortillas
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
6 ounces Queso Fresco, shredded
Toss the first seven ingredients together in a medium-large mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the peppers, onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt and olive oil. Reserve. Ten minutes before shrimp have finished marinating, preheat the Cuisinart® Griddler® Grill Centro, fitted with the grill plate, to High. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Thread shrimp onto 4 of the provided skewers (about 3 shrimp per skewer, depending on the size of the shrimp). Fit skewers into place as instructed below*. Grill shrimp until fully cooked and opaque throughout, about 6 to 8 minutes. While shrimp are cooking underneath, put the onions and peppers on the preheated grill top. Toss frequently and cook until softened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and reserve. While shrimp and vegetables are cooking, brush one side of each tortilla with the vegetable oil. Once shrimp and vegetables have fully cooked, remove from grill. Reserve.
Place 2 tortillas on the grill, oiled side down. On each tortilla place 1/8 of the cheese, 1/4 of the vegetables, 1/4 of the shrimp, and another 1/8 of the cheese. Top with tortilla oiled side up. Grill quesadillas 2 to 3 minutes per side, until the cheese has melted, vegetables warmed through, and the tortillas are crispy. Repeat. Cut each quesadilla into quarters. Serve with sides of salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.
*Using the kebab feature :
Assemble the unit with the grill/griddle plate, kebab drawers, and drip cup in their proper positions. Note: grill/griddle plate must be on unit when using kebab feature. Please keep in mind that it is very hot when the unit is operating.
Turn the temperature control dial to desired temperature and preheat for approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
Prepare food according to your favorite kebab recipe and slide pieces onto skewers.
Pull drawers to open. Place skewers into the skewer slots so the star-like shape at the end of each handle is inserted into a gear slot in the front end of the kebab drawer. Close drawer securely. Note: If using large cubes of meat or seafood, you may only be able to cook six kebabs at once.
Press the kebab control switch to ON. The switch light will illuminate to let you know kebabs are rotating.
To check to see if kebabs are cooked, press the kebab control switch to stop skewers from turning and remove a kebab with a potholder. If more time is needed replace the skewer and press the kebab control switch to resume cooking.
ServingsMakes 4 quesadillas - 16 quartered pieces
Nutritional information per quesadilla: Calories 588 (47% from fat) • carb. 40g • pro. 38g • fat 31g • sat. fat 11g • chol. 217mg • sod. 1432mg • calc. 438mg • fiber