The Arizona Kitchen Shrimp and Tomato Quesadillas

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  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 (9- to 10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups grated Monterey jack cheese with jalapenos, packed
  • 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, packed, grated
  • 6 medium tomatillos, husked, thinly sliced


  1. Char bell peppers over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Remove from heat.
  2. Enclose peppers in paper bag. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and seed peppers. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips. Set aside.
  3. Heat broiler. Toss shrimp with 1 tablespoon oil. Place on baking sheet. Broil shrimp until just opaque in center, about 2 minutes. Cut shrimp lengthwise in half. Transfer to bowl.
  4. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush 2 baking sheets with oil.
  5. Place 2 tortillas on 1 prepared baking sheet. Place 1 tortilla on second prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle 1/4 cup chopped cilantro over each tortilla, then 1/3 cup Monterey Jack cheese and 1/3 cup cheddar cheese. Arrange 8 tomatillo slices atop cheese on each tortilla, then bell pepper strips and shrimp, dividing equally. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese over shrimp on each tortilla, dividing equally. Top with remaining 3 tortillas, pressing lightly to adhere. Brush tops of tortillas with oil. Bake quesadillas until cheese melts and tortillas are crisp, about 10 minutes.
  6. Cut each quesadilla into 6 wedges and serve.

Source: Bon Appetit November 1997 - R.S.V.P. - The Arizona Kitchen, Litchfield Park, Arizona

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