Leftover cranberry sauce transforms into a spicy salsa for these turkey quesadillas.
1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 Anjou pear, cored and finely diced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1/4 cup (2-inch-thick) slices green onions
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
2 cups chopped cooked turkey
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
How to Make It
To prepare salsa, combine first 7 ingredients. Cover and chill.
To prepare quesadillas, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1/4 cup sliced onions to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Remove onions from pan; reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over each of 4 tortillas. Top each cheese-covered tortilla with one-fourth of onions, 1/2 cup turkey, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 tortilla.
Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 quesadilla to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and cheese melts. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla into 6 wedges. Serve with cranberry salsa and sour cream.
This salsa is also great on turkey sandwiches. To make meatless quesadillas, use sautéed vegetables in place of the turkey.
We have made these for years. Almost always have them in the days after Thanksgiving - good way to use up leftover turkey. Chicken breast is a fine substitution. Always a hit with the family. Serving size is a bit small (3/4 of a quesadilla?!) but they are good.
This was an awesome dish. My wife had made a turkey for a random Sunday dinner, so I didn't have any cranberry sauce. I just made some from some frozen berries and stuck it in the freezer as I made the rest of the dish. I dug this salsa so much, I'm going to replace my usual cranberry sauce with this new recipe. It was AWESOME!!
The salsa was fantastic. Used lime zest instead of the juice. The tortillas were a bit dry from the turkey but the salsa made them wonderful. I added arugula to the tortilla dunce one if my favorite quesadilla recipes from cooking light has it in it.
I liked this. I started it in a cast iron skillet but couldn't figure out how to flip it so I sprayed top tortilla with a little cooking spay and put it under broiler for about 3 mins. I also added a little hot sauce to chicken and cheese filling which was a nice contrast to the sweeter salsa. Yum!