Roasted Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Creamy Guacamole

Roasted Sweet Potato Quesadillas

with Creamy Guacamole

45 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Layers of Mexican-spiced sweet potato, pickled jalapeño, and melty cheddar cheese curds deliciously come together in these savory quesadillas. A crisp side salad dressed with piquant apple cider vinegar (also used to quick pickle our shallot) adds delightful contrast and perfectly tames the dish’s heat.
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Roasted Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Creamy Guacamole
Title
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 lb Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Romaine Lettuce Heart
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 oz Sliced Pickled Jalapeño Pepper
  • ¼ cup Guacamole
  • 2 Tbsps Fromage Blanc
  • 2 oz Cheddar Cheese Curds
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Mexican Spice Blend (Ancho Chile Powder, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin & Dried Mexican Oregano)
Prepare & roast the sweet potatoes
1 Prepare & roast the sweet potatoes

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place in a bowl; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to coat. Transfer to a sheet pan and arrange in an even layer. Roast 23 to 25 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

Prepare the remaining ingredients
2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

Meanwhile, peel and thinly slice the shallot. Roughly chop the cheese curds. Roughly chop the lettuce. Roughly chop the pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling. In a bowl, combine the guacamole and fromage blanc; season with salt and pepper. 

Pickle the shallot
3 Pickle the shallot

In a small saucepan, combine the sliced shallot (separating the layers before adding), vinegar, sugar, and 1/4 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved. Turn off the heat. Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

Assemble & cook the quesadillas
4 Assemble & cook the quesadillas

Meanwhile, place the tortillas on a work surface. Top one half of each tortilla with the chopped cheese curds, roasted sweet potatoes (you may have extra), and as much of the chopped pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Fold the tortillas in half over the filling. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Working in batches if necessary, add the quesadillas. Cook 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Transfer to a cutting board and immediately season with salt; carefully cut in half.

Make the salad & serve your dish
5 Make the salad & serve your dish

Just before serving, in a large bowl, combine the chopped lettuce, pickled shallot, half the pickling liquid (you will have extra), and 2 teaspoons of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the halved quesadillas with the salad and creamy guacamole on the side. Enjoy!

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Prepare & roast the sweet potatoes
1 Prepare & roast the sweet potatoes

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place in a bowl; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to coat. Transfer to a sheet pan and arrange in an even layer. Roast 23 to 25 minutes, or until browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven.

2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

Meanwhile, peel and thinly slice the shallot. Roughly chop the cheese curds. Roughly chop the lettuce. Roughly chop the pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling. In a bowl, combine the guacamole and fromage blanc; season with salt and pepper. 

Prepare the remaining ingredients
Pickle the shallot
3 Pickle the shallot

In a small saucepan, combine the sliced shallot (separating the layers before adding), vinegar, sugar, and 1/4 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved. Turn off the heat. Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

4 Assemble & cook the quesadillas

Meanwhile, place the tortillas on a work surface. Top one half of each tortilla with the chopped cheese curds, roasted sweet potatoes (you may have extra), and as much of the chopped pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Fold the tortillas in half over the filling. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Working in batches if necessary, add the quesadillas. Cook 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until lightly browned and the cheese is melted. Transfer to a cutting board and immediately season with salt; carefully cut in half.

Assemble & cook the quesadillas
Make the salad & serve your dish
5 Make the salad & serve your dish

Just before serving, in a large bowl, combine the chopped lettuce, pickled shallot, half the pickling liquid (you will have extra), and 2 teaspoons of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the halved quesadillas with the salad and creamy guacamole on the side. Enjoy!

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