Roasted Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Pickled Peppers & Avocado Salad
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Roasted Sweet Potato Quesadillas

with Pickled Peppers & Avocado Salad

40 MIN
+$0.95/serving 2 Servings
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    Layers of Mexican-spiced sweet potato, pickled jalapeño, and melty cheddar cheese deliciously come together in these savory quesadillas. A crisp side salad with avocado and pickled shallot adds delightful contrast and perfectly tames the dish’s heat.
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    Roasted Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Pickled Peppers & Avocado Salad
    Title
    • 3 oz Prosciutto
    • 4 Flour Tortillas
    • 1 Romaine Lettuce Heart
    • ½ lb Sweet Potato
    • 1 Shallot
    • 1 Avocado
    • 1 Tbsp Sugar
    • 1 Lime
    • 2 Tbsps Grated Cotija Cheese
    • 1 Tbsp Mexican Spice Blend (Ancho Chile Powder, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin & Dried Mexican Oregano)
    • 2 oz Pickled Peppadew Peppers
    • 4 oz White Cheddar Cheese
    • 1 oz Sliced Pickled Jalapeño Pepper
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    tips & techniques
    Prepare & roast the sweet potato
    1 Prepare & roast the sweet potato

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the sweet potato into ¼-inch-thick rounds. Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and half the spice blend (you will have extra); toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 18 to 20 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. Quarter the lime. Grate the cheddar on the large side of a box grater. Roughly chop the peppadew peppers. Roughly chop the lettuce. Halve and pit the avocado, then thinly slice; place in a bowl. Using a spoon, remove the avocado from the skin, then place in a bowl. Top with the juice of 1 lime wedge; season with salt and pepper. Roughly chop the jalapeño pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling. 

    Pickle the shallot
    3 Pickle the shallot

    In a small pot, combine the sliced shallot, sugar, the juice of the remaining lime wedges, and ¼ 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 the quesadillas
    4 Assemble the quesadillas

    Remove the plastic lining between the slices of prosciutto. Place the tortillas on a work surface. Top one half of each tortilla with the grated cheddar, roasted sweet potato, prosciutto (tearing into bite-sized pieces before adding), chopped peppadew peppers, and as much of the chopped jalapeño pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Fold the tortillas in half over the filling.

    Cook the quesadillas
    5 Cook the quesadillas

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the quesadillas. Cook 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and the cheese is melted (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil before flipping). Transfer to a cutting board and immediately season with salt. Carefully halve each quesadilla.

    Make the salad & serve your dish
    6 Make the salad & serve your dish

    Reserving the liquid, transfer the pickled shallot to a large bowl. Add the chopped lettuce, seasoned avocado, and half the reserved pickling liquid (you will have extra); season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked quesadillas with the salad on the side. Garnish the salad with the cotija. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare & roast the sweet potato
    1 Prepare & roast the sweet potato

    Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the sweet potato into ¼-inch-thick rounds. Place on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and half the spice blend (you will have extra); toss to coat. Arrange in an even layer. Roast 18 to 20 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. Quarter the lime. Grate the cheddar on the large side of a box grater. Roughly chop the peppadew peppers. Roughly chop the lettuce. Halve and pit the avocado, then thinly slice; place in a bowl. Using a spoon, remove the avocado from the skin, then place in a bowl. Top with the juice of 1 lime wedge; season with salt and pepper. Roughly chop the jalapeño pepper. Thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling. 

    Prepare the remaining ingredients
    Pickle the shallot
    3 Pickle the shallot

    In a small pot, combine the sliced shallot, sugar, the juice of the remaining lime wedges, and ¼ 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 the quesadillas

    Remove the plastic lining between the slices of prosciutto. Place the tortillas on a work surface. Top one half of each tortilla with the grated cheddar, roasted sweet potato, prosciutto (tearing into bite-sized pieces before adding), chopped peppadew peppers, and as much of the chopped jalapeño pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Fold the tortillas in half over the filling.

    Assemble the quesadillas
    Cook the quesadillas
    5 Cook the quesadillas

    In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the quesadillas. Cook 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and the cheese is melted (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil before flipping). Transfer to a cutting board and immediately season with salt. Carefully halve each quesadilla.

    6 Make the salad & serve your dish

    Reserving the liquid, transfer the pickled shallot to a large bowl. Add the chopped lettuce, seasoned avocado, and half the reserved pickling liquid (you will have extra); season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked quesadillas with the salad on the side. Garnish the salad with the cotija. Enjoy!

    Make the salad & serve your dish
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