Garlicky Sweet Potato & Gorgonzola quesadillas

Garlicky Sweet Potato & Gorgonzola quesadillas

I had a long day at work today. So, my dinner options were to pick up something from Chinatown on my way home or make something that required very little effort. These quesadillas were crazy good - a perfect example of how simple foods made with good quality ingredients can create a flavor explosion in your mouth.

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 8 medium garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

Prep:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place potato pieces and garlic on a baking dish lined with foil. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove potato and garlic and place in a large heat- proof bowl. Add gorgonzola cheese and cilantro and mush everything together with a wooden spoon. Keep covered until you're ready to use. Heat flour tortillas in a skillet. Spread potato/cheese mixture on one side and top with diced avocado. Cover with another tortilla and flip over to heat everything evenly. Slice tortilla into four pieces and serve immediately.

This was my first time using gorgonzola. I love the creamy, nutty, slightly salty flavor. It has a strong smell, but tastes delicious (much like Gruyere cheese). You can make this exact sweet potato/garlic/cheese spread and use it in sandwiches, on a bagel, or on flatbread. You don't need to use too much cheese because a little bit of gorgonzola goes a long way. The sweet potato contributes to the creaminess of this spread, and the garlic gives it that extra punch. The avocado is a nice contrast to the strong flavor of the the sweet potato and cheese, and the cilantro...well cilantro just makes everything taste fresher and better.