June 08, 2021
Simple, right? There are a few tricks to good quesadillas. Start with choice ingredients.
Quesadillas are simply grilled tortillas filled with queso (Spanish for cheese) and any conceivable combination of meat and/or vegetables. With their origin in colonial Mexico, their popularity soon expanded and can now be found in restaurant and dinner tables worldwide.
This recipe is my take on quesadillas, using fresh Florida shrimp. The spicy chipotle marinade can be made with more peppers and there's no reason you can't add garlic to the veggie mix. Also, any moist cheese, like cheddar or American, can be substituted for the Monterey jack. No matter your choice of fillings, these spicy and crispy treats are easy to make and will likely become a favorite from your home kitchen.
Spicy Shrimp Quesadillas
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
- 1 pound large Florida shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 canned chipotle pepper
- Spray canola oil
- 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 6 large flour tortillas
- 2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
- Salt and black pepper
- Guacamole and chips, on the side
ABOUT FLORIDA SHRIMP
According to the FWC, there are three main varieties of shrimp harvested in Florida: pink, brown and white. The most popular is the pink shrimp, found in clear waters from the west central region, through the Keys and into southeast Florida. Brown shrimp are found in darker waters, and farther north. And white shrimp are caught in the Panhandle, in shallower and less salty waters.
In all cases, and depending on the time of year, all species are usually available statewide. When “they're running,” which varies from region to region, they are fun to catch with a castnet or dipnet and light at night. And they all taste great! www.floridasportsman.com/cooking FS