Fried-Egg Quesadilla

Fried-Egg Quesadilla

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This simple dish for fried-egg quesadilla makes as a fine a light supper as it does a breakfast. 

Fried-Egg Quesadilla

Corn Tortillas
Hot Sauce 


  1. Melt some butter in a pan and gently cook a tortilla in it. 

  2. Top the tortilla with grated cheddar, a little chopped cilantro, hot sauce, and another tortilla.

  3. Cook, flipping the quesadilla a few times, until it is crisp and golden and the cheese has melted into lace at the edges.

  4. Use a spatula to pull it out of the pan, and place it on a cutting board to rest. 

  5. Fry an egg in the pan with a little more butter.

  6. Cut the quesadilla into quarters, transfer to a plate, and place the egg on top.

  7. Sprinkle with more cilantro and hot sauce. 


Modifications: Top the cheddar with a slice of deli ham or some cooked bacon. If you want them. Swap a spoonful of salsa for the hot sauce.



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