Steak Quesadilla

Steak Quesadilla​ Blowtorched!

Steak Quesadilla Blowtorched! I have realised that I love blowtorch cooking! It’s the open flame flavour that I think I love so much. I live in the North of England and we don’t really get much in the way of BBQ weather.

The quesadilla like guacamole has a long history dating back to the Aztec’s. Around 700 years ago. The Aztec’s used to make corn tortillas and fill them with squashes and pumpkins. There were particularly sweet and people often ate them as a dessert. In 1521 the Spanish rocked up to Mexico and brought with them Sheep, cheeses and other farmyard animals. This was when the Aztec’s added cheese to the tortillas and the quesadilla was born!

How did it get its name

Queso is the name of Spanish cheese and some claim that because the tortilla was now stuffed with cheese. The term ‘Dilla’ was added as a suffix. I

s this true? Well, this is one version of the story! So I don’t really know for sure!

However, in 1888 a Mexican cookbook was released. The recipe of Quesadilla in it said that you can prepare it with or without the cheese.

There was also a cookbook released in 1831 called the ‘El Cocinero Mexicano’ included a recipe for ‘quesadillas de regalo‘. Which translate to gift quesadillas. this recipe included aged cheese, as well as cinnamon, sugar, saffron, cloves, black pepper and a little toasted ground coriander. I am going to try and find this version and if I do find it, I’m making it as it sounds really interesting!

The modern Quesadilla

Quesadillas now have fillings with all sort of delicious ingredients in them and as with Guacamole, there are regional variations.

You can also make a whole quesadilla or a half quesadilla. A whole Quesadilla uses two tortillas while a half Quesadilla uses only one folded tortilla.

So here is my version, Steak Quesadillas Blowtorched! Which are absolutely amazing! They are also half Quesadillas this is because I like to make mine nice and thick, loaded with filling! Making them in half helps to keep the filling inside and not fall out all over the place!

My recipe is fairly complex and also takes a little effort but if you have the time and you don’t mind putting a little effort in. You will really enjoy these! trust me!

Ingredients for my Steak Quesadillas

For the steak marinade

  • 2 steaks, in my video I use a well-marbled ribeye
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cacao nib
  • One star anise
  • 1/2 a cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves (buds only)
  • One teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Juice of one lime

For the quesadilla

  • Soft flour tortillas
  • Three Peppers, use different colours because they all have different flavours!
  • white onion
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • One tablespoon of Agave syrup
  • A garlic clove
  • 75 grams of aged Cheddar cheese
  • Juice of one Lemon

As you can see there are quite a few ingredients to these but they really are worth it! especially if you serve them with some Spicy Pico de Gallo and some sour cream!

The handy how-to Video is below and you will find handy step by step instructions! I really hope you do make these as you will love them! Just don’t use a blow torch!

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