Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pear, Chicken, & Gorgonzola Quesadilla with Balsamic Reduction

Buzzfeed always seems to know what I'm craving. And I love it. The other day they posted 29 life-changing quesadillas. Like I'm not going to drop everything I'm doing and look at that? You better believe I did! And then made a grocery run specifically for this one quesadilla. The original recipe calls for peaches, but it's not peach season so my boyfriend suggested pears (excellent choice babe!), and we still had some kale pesto in the fridge so we were set. The Gorgonzola has a very strong flavor, so if you're not a fan of moldy cheese, you could try subbing it out for something else, but the slight tanginess of the Gorgonzola really gives these a good punch! Topped with a sweet balsamic reduction, these are a great way to mix up your boring old cheese quesadilla game. 

Pear, Chicken, & Gorgonzola Quesadilla with Balsamic Reduction
Makes 1 Quesadilla

  • 2 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp. crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • handful of cooked, diced chicken
  • 1/2 pear, cored, and sliced into matchsticks
  • 2 tbsp. kale pesto, separated
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar

Preheat a skillet over medium or a handy quesadilla maker like mine.

Place one tortilla down on the skillet or maker. Place 1/2 of the shredded cheese and 1/2 of the gorgonzola down on the tortilla. Sprinkle with the chopped chicken and pear slices. Then drizzle the balsamic reduction and 1 tbsp. of the kale pesto. Top with the remaining cheeses and the second tortilla. 

Close the quesadilla maker until crispy and golden brown, or cook on the skillet until golden on one side, then flip over to cook the second side.

Once cooled enough to handle, slice into 6 slices using a pizza cutter or knife. Top with remaining pesto, and drizzle with more balsamic glaze. Serve hot.

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