Portobello Mushroom, Cheddar & Caramelised Onion Quesadillas

by Katie Quinn Davies

You'll need

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 portobello or other large flat
  • mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 8 flour tortillas or wholegrain wraps
  • 200g vintage cheddar, grated
  • handful rocket leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sour cream
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Here's how

  1. Heat 1 tbs oil in a frypan over low heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 10-12 minutes until soft. Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar, then cook, stirring, for a further 5 minutes or until the onion is caramelised. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a separate frypan, heat the butter and the remaining 1 tbs oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, mushroom and thyme, then cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes until soft. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  4. Heat a chargrill pan or large non-stick frypan over high heat. Add 1 tortilla and cook on one side for 30 seconds or until slightly toasted and charred. Remove from the pan, then repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  5. Place 4 tortillas, toasted-side up, on a benchtop. Top each one with a quarter of the caramelised onion, mushroom mixture, grated cheese and rocket leaves, then sandwich with the remaining tortillas, toasted-side down.
  6. Return the chargrill pan or frypan to high heat. Add 1 quesadilla and cook for 2-3 minutes until toasted on one side. Carefully flip, then cook for a further 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is toasted.
  7. Keep warm while you repeat with the remaining 3 quesadillas.
  8. Meanwhile, to make the lemon sour cream, combine the sour cream and lemon juice in a bowl.
  9. Serve the warm quesadillas with a dollop of lemon sour cream.

About the Author

Katie Quinn Davies

Katie Quinn Davies ~ originally a native of Dublin, Ireland, now based in Sydney, Australia, works as a freelance commercial photographer specialising in food and lifestyle subjects with a strong focus on the former. She also is a cookbook author and recipe writer and is a regular contributor to... Read Full Bio

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