Kimchi Quesadillas

Well, I decided to do non-Moosewood recipes on weekends.  Don’t misunderstand me, we’ve been greatly enjoying the Moosewood recipes, but I also have other vegetarian recipes I’ve  been meaning to try, and weekends may be the time to try (if we’re not doing something).  I found the recipe to Kimchi Quesadillas on the October 2009 issue of “Gourmet” magazine.  It’s been adapted from Roy Choi’s “Kogi BBQ-to-go” in Los, Angeles.  This is a fusion dish (as you probably have guessed by the name) that really hits the right spot!
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1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 cups cabbage kimchi, drained and chopped
8 fresh perilla or shiso leaves
4 (8 inch) flour tortillas
1/4 cup roasted sesame seeds
2 cups coarsely grated sharp Cheddar (6 ounce)
2 cups coarsely grated Monterey Jack (6 ounce)
Vegetable oil for brushing

Melt butter in a 12 inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat, then cook kimchi, stirring occasionally, until edges are golden, about 6 minutes.  Cool kimchi. 
Place 2 perilla leaves over one half of each tortilla and top with one fourth of kimchi, 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, and 1/2 cup of each cheese.  Fold in half to enclose filling.
Brush a 12 inch nonstick skillet or 2 burner nonstick griddle with oil and heat over medium heat until it just begins to smoke, then cook quesadillas, turning once, until golden and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes total.  Serve immediately.

My opinion:  A true fusion dish!  I changed it a bit and added a bit of sesame oil when cooking kimchi, and added less cheese.  I’ll definitely make this again! I used perilla leaves (sesame leaves) since Koreans use perilla more than shiso.  Shiso will bring a bit of a different taste and I think I’ll try using shiso leaves next time.   I diced some fresh veggies and mixed with the spinach leaves, tossed with crushed garlic, raspberry vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to serve on the side.

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2 thoughts on “Kimchi Quesadillas

  1. sugoi ne, i would never have thought of using kimchi in quesadillas… especially with cheese, demo, if you say they tasted good, then maybe i should try…

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