Jelly Cheese Quesadillas for when the Pantry is Running on Empty

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Have you ever  tasted an appetizer made by pouring jelly over a block of cream cheese? Normally served with crackers, it can be deceptively addicting. Using similar ingredients and substituting tortillas for crackers, I have discovered a new snack/lunch/supper that qualifies as a “skinny secret”  if you choose the right kind of cheese and jelly.

I know these are simple.  Perhaps I am the last person in the world to have discovered them, but I really love these. They are my new “peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”

First, grab a cooked tortilla. I use the the raw tortillas sold at Costco.  See note below for more details.  Your favorite flour tortilla will also work.Spread or sprinkle one half of the tortilla with cheese.

I have tried shredded mild cheddar cheese,

Laughing Cow Light swiss cheese,

and fat-free Greek Yogurt , drained till it’s the consistency of cream cheese. The last two choices are the lowest in calories.

Spread the other half of the tortilla with your favorite preserves. Be generous. Go for spicy as in jalapeno jelly or sweet. Strawberry or cherry preserves are my favorites. Even salsa is good but that’s a different recipe all together.

10 25 09_4468_edited-1.JPGFold jelly side over cheese side of tortilla. Put in the microwave on a paper towel or plate for 15 seconds. No more or you will end up with a sweet, chewy rubber band. Alternatively, you could saute briefly in nonstick skillet, flipping once for a somewhat crispier final product.

10 25 09_4443.JPG Slice in wedges with a pizza cutter or scissors or if you are by yourself and don’t care about manners, just start eating any old way you can. But be careful. The sugar and cheese get hot quick!

You probably already have all the ingredients on hand. That’s why I like it. Here lately, I have been eating one of these quickie quesadillas for lunch with my jar of salad. It’s the perfect little almost guilt-free indulgence.

costco tortillas.jpgAbout my favorite tortillas: I happen to be completely in love, over the moon, and crazy about the raw flour tortillas sold at Costco. It’s entirely possible they may be my undoing some day. Since the package is rather large, I divide and freeze them in zippered plastic bags usually containing 5-6 tortillas. Thaw before you want to prepare them. Cook individually or several at a time if you prefer. They will keep about five days cooked and stored in the refrigerator.

To cook these flat pieces of heaven, heat a nonstick skillet on medium. Lay the tortilla flat in the pan and leave for 30-60 seconds or until it starts to bubble. Flip it and repeat. Tortilla will bubble up and become flaky. If a really big bubble develops, pop it with a fork so the tortilla will brown evenly. Flip it 3-4 times. If you leave it on one side too long it will scorch. Doesn’t take long to brown so don’t get distracted.

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Calorie Count:

Based on one tortilla (from Costco) as pictured here, with one wedge of Laughing Cow low fat cheese and 1 tablespoon of Simply Sweet strawberry preserves.  205 calories.

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Ann Marie September 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Oh, I just found your salad in a jar recipe, and now this jelly and cheese quesadillas………I am headed to the kitchen to make one for dinner. Thanks for the quick recipe for one.


Karen M November 15, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I have a Costco membership and will have to buy these the next time I go. Can you use them instead of crepes? I was thinking about rolling them around a savory filling, covering them in sauce, and baking. Do you think that would work?


Karen November 2, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Hi Romaine,
I just found your blog after meeting Bonnie at PW’s book signing tonight! We sat next to each other and had a great time! I hope I have the right blog:) Even if it’s not, I’m glad I found you, the recipes are just wonderful. I’m looking forward to taking my time and going through all of them!


Staci November 2, 2009 at 8:51 am

I’ve never had this before. Sounds like something good to try for Barrett!


Ann Hastings November 2, 2009 at 8:47 am

This is a great idea… we also LOVE those tortillas… which reminds me, we need to get some more of them!


Mimi November 1, 2009 at 11:13 am

My kids have made some off the wall quesadillas, but this one is new to me.


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