3/4 pound peeled, deveined shrimp, tails removed (36 to 42 per lb.)
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups (5 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups (5 oz.) shredded jack cheese
4 large (9 to 10 in.) flour tortillas
3/4 pound zucchini, coarsely shredded
About 3/4 cup fresh corn kernels (from 1 cob)
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 firm-ripe avocados, sliced
2 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/4 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
How to Make It
Heat grill to high (about 450°) and put a grill pan on it. In a medium bowl, toss shrimp with garlic, salt, spices, orange juice, and oil.
Divide half of cheeses among tortillas, leaving half of each tortilla bare. Top cheese with zucchini, corn, and green onions. Top vegetables with remaining cheeses.
Oil grill pan, using tongs and a wad of oiled paper towels. Grill shrimp in pan, turning once, until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Coarsely chop shrimp, scatter over cheese on tortillas, and fold tortillas to close.
Grill quesadillas on cooking grate, turning once with a wide spatula, until cheese melts and tortillas are golden, about 2 minutes per side.
Mix salad ingredients gently in a bowl and arrange on plates. Cut quesadillas into wedges and serve them alongside salad.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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The quesadillas were wonderful! I did make some changes- no orange juice and green onions because I didn't have them. I also used avocado instead of zucchini and corn. Not everyone in my family likes zucchini. I feel confident the recipe is good as is, however. I did not make the avocado salad. We had couscous.
I used a Cuisinart Griddler to panini-grill the shrimp on skewers and also panini-grill the quesadillas and it worked perfectly. The shrimp was perfectly cooked and not rubbery. My husband, who is not a fan of seafood on a normal day, adored these and asked for them again. The spice level is also very nice; not too much, not too little.
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