These goat cheese quesadillas are stuffed with radicchio charred under the broiler, creamy goat cheese, and your favorite tapenade. Excellent for an easy weeknight dinner or casual gathering.
These goat cheese quesadillas are not your conventional quesadillas. What they lack in tradition they more than make up for in inspired innovation with tastes, textures, and temperatures that meld so hummingly, you’ll wonder why no one ever thought to do this sooner.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Goat Cheese Quesadillas
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- 40 M
- 40 M
- Serves 8 to 10
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In first looking through this recipe, my thought process went a little something like: Goat cheese? Yes, please. Radicchio? Yes, please. Tapenade? Yes, please. Quesadillas? Yes, please...wait, what? I would've never thought to use these ingredients in a quesadilla, but they work perfectly together! I love this! Super easy and very adaptable for however many servings you need.
Honestly the only note I had was that I might add a little rosemary to the quesadilla itself as I wanted a little more of that flavor, but otherwise this is fantastic! I will definitely be making this again (and again).
I'd say 8 to 10 servings (or maybe fewer as I may have eaten more than a serving's worth when I made this, but it was just so good!).
I used leftover homemade olive tapenade from My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz.
These ingredients are a bit of a departure from those that you'll find in a classic Mexican quesadilla, but they work quite well. There's a hint of rosemary that marries well with the radicchio and the goat cheese.
We are not big fans of the ""funkiness"" of most goat cheeses, so I always opt for a honey goat cheese which adds a touch of sweetness and helps to temper the tanginess of the goat cheese.
The recipe will serve different numbers of people depending on how you use the quesadillas. If you serve them as an hors d'oeuvre or a snack and cut them each into 6 to 8 wedges, them you can serve 8 or so. If you serve them as a meal, then one quesadilla can serve 2 people or one person with a heartier appetite.
I had two whole quesadillas left over and they heated up very nicely the next day in the toaster oven.
I used a store-bought green olive tapenade. I