Shrimp Quesadillas Smothered in Spicy Pepper Goat Cheese Sauce



Oh man, these quesadillas are sooo good! And almost healthy too :) You just have to be careful about how much of the cheese sauce you use, which is really hard to do b/c it's so yummy! When we were thinking of how to best make the sauce, we decided to use goat cheese and chiles. I think you could use just about any cheese though, if you don't have/like goat. The chiles in adobo sauce are super spicy (just a warning if you've never had them before). They're nice and smoky though & we've been using them in a lot of recipes lately. You should be able to find them in the international isle of the grocery store. The sauce makes regular old quesadillas super delicious! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup red pepper (about 1/2 of the pepper), chopped
  • 3/4 cup sliced mushrooms (about 4 oz.)
  • 3/4 cup red onion (about 1/2 of the onion), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced & divided
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 4 tortillas
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 2 tbsp. chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp. of the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Saute pepper, mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add other 1 tbsp. of olive oil to the same pan. Add shrimp and cook until done - about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Divide the veggie mixture, shrimp, and 2 oz. of the goat cheese among each of the tortillas. Fold in half and cook in a large skillet (or grill pan if you have one) until lightly browned, for about 3 minutes on each side. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, put remaining 2 oz. of goat cheese, half & half, and chipotle chiles in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened.
  5. Top each quesadilla with the goat cheese chile sauce, tomatoes, and cilantro. Serve warm.

27 comments:

Sharon said...

I dont think I've ever seen quesadillas that look better! Well done :)

Melissa said...

I bet the goat cheese went really well with the quesadillas...it's so creamy! They look delicious!

Leslie said...

"almost healthy" lol
They look wonderful

finsmom said...

Another great dish! Fabulous photo!

Erica said...

This looks sooooooooooooooooo good. I love goat cheese, shrimp and Mexican so this is totally the dish for me ;) I have become a pretty big fan of chiles in adobo. Its great in burgers (I don't eat beef, but I made my husband some burgers with the adobo sauce and a few of the chiles mixed in and he loved it!!)

burpandslurp said...

goat cheese is my favorite cheese! Oh my Lord...I think this was made for ME! I could eat that sauce on ANYTHING!

Mary said...

These do look good. You starting to spoil all of us. I haven't seen a bad meal yet. Have a wonderful day.

Heavenly Housewife said...

I wonder where you come up with these fabulous recipes! Looks divine, my mouth is watering.

bucatar maniac said...

This looks amazing!

Grace said...

here's the thing--i don't like goat cheese. that said, i haven't had it in sauce form or spiced up, and i have to say that it looks quite pleasant and downright appetizing! great dish, yet again.

The Duo Dishes said...

There is a red pepper walnut dip in the fridge that we just contemplated mixing with goat cheese, and after seeing this, we know we will for sure. Looks amazing.

Olga said...

I can see how you can serve this on a typical Tuesday night or for a fun party! I'd eat the sauce by a spoon full :)

Sara said...

These look amazing! Really unique. I wouldn't have thought to do a goat cheese sauce for quesadillas, but I can see how it would be delicious.

Juliana said...

Goat cheese in a quesadillas? Sounds great...and shrimps? Wow, my mouth is watering just to think the flavor that all the ingredients combined can bring. Yummie! Great pictures as always.

Superchef said...

i liked that spicy sauce the best!!

Im soo sorry to have missed a lot of your posts. I somehow thought i had your blog in my google reader list, but i didnt :( ive added it now and will be a regular reader from now on :)

Kerstin said...

These look absolutely amazing and I love the goat cheese!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Oh ooooo ahhhhhh those look so good!!!

Zoe said...

oh man, this is my kind of meal! breakfast lunch and dinner please!

Conor said...

I literally just finished eating breakfast and looking at these photos is making my mouth water nonetheless! Why have I never thought to use goat cheese in quesadillas before? Brilliant! Not sure I've seen chipotle chiles in adobo sauce in any stores around here but I shall now be on the lookout.

...and thanks for checking out my blog! You should definitely try the pad thai, it is totally worth the stinkiness

Donna-FFW said...

Wow do these ever look fantaastic. I think the spicy sauce and goat cheese must have paired so well.

nick said...

Here I always thought the hardest part of shrimp quesadillas was not over cooking the shrimp, but I can see where appropriately portioning the cheese sauce might be cause for concern, LOL.

lisaiscooking said...

I could live on quesadillas, and this sauce sounds fantastic!

Teanna said...

Thanks for visiting my site! And I am so glad that you did because I am in LOVE with your blog! The photos are outstanding! Really, really gorgeous!

Cucinista said...

That does look incredible! My quesadillas never look quite so photogenic -- maybe I need to add more cheese. Not a bad idea, I'm sure...

Elra said...

Are you kidding, I would not too concern to put as much cheese as I like. I love cheese! Look delice!

Jackie @PhamFatale.com said...

Oh You're killing me with all your wonderful dishes. Goat and shrimp in a quesadilla? oh yum my mouth is watering and it's only 10am!!! lol

Sig said...

This has to be the best quesadilla recipe I've ever seen, the idea of that cheese sauce itself is making me drool!

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