Game Time Recipe: Spicy Turkey & Cheese Quesadilla Sliders

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Through all my food quirks and passions, have you noticed that I’m a Sliders Girl?

Try these bite-sized, full of flavor Turkey and Cheese Quesadilla Sliders for your next game time or big game party. A perfect party dish. #VivaLaMorena #ad

Yes, that deserves capital letters. There are SO MANY reasons I love bite-sized foods – especially with foods that aren’t usually bite-sized – like hot dogs, pizza, burgers, and QUESADILLAS. (also worthy of capital letters) I don’t even need to get into all the many reasons – because the important one is that bite-sized foods remind me of PARTIES. Parties give me good feelings.

It reminds me of school dances and weddings. Even better, it reminds me of my brother and sister’s Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. True I had my own two years later, but I was way too revved up to eat or remember the food then. For my siblings, the catering company had an entire table devoted to bite-sized foods. Pizza bagels, pigs in a blanket, mini grilled cheese bites, and pretty much anything you would want to fill your stomach with. Ever since then, I seek out the original ideas when I’m being served snacks and appetizers. At our wedding, we had a Mashtini bar! Mashed potatoes in little martini glasses for all!

There were toppings galore! Are you starving yet?

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Good if you are. My recipe doesn’t take that long to make. I was at a wedding last year (because it’s newly 2017 and all) and there were mini quesadillas! This made me so excited! I knew I had to try my own hand at them. I’ve been a LA MORENA® fan since I found their products in a little bodega years ago. Since then, I’m excited that my Walmart carries their products.

 

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I’m a big LA MORENA® fan, and I have been for awhile now. The company has been providing us with the taste of the authentic Mexican home for over 35 years now! They are a leader in peppers, and I’m learning to get my heat on with them.

Quesadillas are a bit funny to make. They are so easy and quick, once you get the rhythm of them. Generally, you don’t want them too thick, so you put the cheese on only one half of them. I tend to use cheese across the board, but then put the other toppings on only one side. Then you have choices galore! You can use ground turkey or deli turkey. You can use any deli meats. You can use flour tortillas or corn tortillas! You can get your spice and heat from various places. One of my secret ingredients is LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo. I’ll write about it in more detail in my recipe, but remember that a little goes a long way – and that you can use the peppers, just the sauce, or both. You’ll know the tastes of your party:

I tend to start light – focusing on intense and wonderful flavor -and build from there.

Recipe Time:

Spicy Turkey, Corn & Cheese Quesadilla Sliders

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Spicy Turkey, Corn & Cheese Quesadilla Sliders

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 Flour or Corn Tortillas (I chose flour)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 slices thin turkey breast
  • 8 avocado slices, thin
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup LA MORENA® Beans
  • 1/3 cup LA MORENA® Sliced Jalapenos
  • LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo - 13 oz can - only a bit packs a punch
  • 4 oz. sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat up 1/2 tsp olive oil (or any oil) in skillet on medium heat
  2. Place one flour tortilla at a time in the skillet and sprinkle with cheese
  3. Then add toppings to one half of the tortilla - add turkey, avocado, corn, LA MORENA® Sliced Jalapenos, LA MORENA® Beans, and use one LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo OR
  4. Spoon on just the sauce of the LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo
  5. Add sour cream and guacamole
  6. Once tortilla is warmed through, fold it over to form a half circle quesadilla and toast one side
  7. When the cheese has melted and you can see golden-brown spots on the underside of the tortilla, the quesadilla is ready
  8. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into wedges - "sliders"
  9. Wipe the skillet clean and repeat
  10. Keep going with remaining tortillas and fillings

Notes

Tip: I chose cheddar cheese to make it more kid-friendly, but feel free to use pepper jack for even more heat. An extra dollop of guacamole would be great in place of fresh avocado. LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo - the sauce is tangy and slightly sweet. You can use the peppers for intense and smoky heat, but also have the option to just use the sauce for great flavor. You can do both too!

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If it’s game time or you’re having a big game party, here’s my favorite checklist:

Decorations – banners, streamers, real or inflatable footballs, balloons
Drinks – sodas, juices, seltzers, water, and coolers, buckets, small tubs, ice
Food – finger foods, chips and dips, wings, and of course – quesadilla sliders
Dining – plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, platters, trays, napkins, serving bowls
Seating – enough seats in front of the TV for everyone, folding chairs, lawn
& camping chairs come in handy too! Put out throw rugs, blankets and pillows

What’s your favorite bite-sized snack or appetizer for a game time party?

Honey Teriyaki Chicken With Squash and Brussels Sprouts

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Looking for a PERFECT #recipe for the new year? Honey teriyaki w/ butternut squash & Brussels sprouts. Secret ingredient! #DonVictorHoney #HappyHealthyHoney

Last night we snuggled in and watched part of one of my favorite movies of all time – Hook.

My all-time favorite line by Tinkerbell is about loving Peter Pan in that strange place between being awake and being asleep. Don’t you feel it’s a strange place between Christmas and New Year’s? It’s like you don’t really know what day of the week it is (or date) or what you’re should be doing? I get that! Before Christmas, we are all on specific missions – to spread cheer and plan presents and create magic. After New Year’s Day, we are on specific missions to go back to school and work, get fit, honor resolutions and embrace winter. As best as you can anyway. I’m on specific missions during this in-between time.

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This in-between time is actually the perfect time to discover new things to create and love.

We have our close, close friends over during this in-between time. We look forward to it all year – and it makes that time between Christmas and New Year’s that much sweeter. And “sweeter” is a theme of this post, and this recipe.

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Our friends are foodies, and Cassidy is too. I’m often caught “in between” keeping up with the foodie-ing, or just embracing the time to rest and enjoy what they create. For the last few years, I’ve participated more. I enjoy creating something magical from surprising places. Weeknight (and weekend) family dinners can be challenging. Weeknight (and weekend) family dinners in the winter is more so for me. I tend to want to do nothing from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. I need a little kick to jumpstart my days – I need a little inspiration. The light is getting brighter and the days are getting sweeter in the new year.

teriyaki chicken

Cassidy and I both enjoy teriyaki sauces and rubs. The secret ingredient in my favorite teriyaki sauce? Don Victor® Honey! If you’re looking for an added flavor to your dishes, or a substitute, our secret ingredient is the perfect “secret ingredient” for our favorite meal. I can already tell this will be our favorite dish of the new year and beyond. Try it yourself:

Honey Teriyaki Chicken With Squash and Brussels Sprouts

Honey Teriyaki Chicken With Squash and Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

  • For the Honey Teriyaki Chicken:
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar + Honeycomb
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, ground
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • For the rice:
  • Jasmine rice
  • For the vegetables:
  • Butternut squash, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Fresh Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Start rice of choice, since cooking rice takes the longest
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper
  3. In a large pan, heat oil over medium-high heat and add chicken
  4. Stir occasionally and cook until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink on the inside
  5. Mix 1 cup water, brown sugar, reduced sodium soy sauce, Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar (1-2 Tbsp), garlic and ginger in medium saucepan
  6. Set over medium heat
  7. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with the 1/4 cup of cold water and whisk until dissolved
  8. Add this mix to medium saucepan and heat until desired thickness
  9. Add cooked chicken to the pan and toss until it's evenly coated and reaches a simmer
  10. Remove from heat
  11. For the vegetables, preheat oven to 400 F
  12. Place the squash and Brussels sprouts on a large baking sheet
  13. Drizzle with olive oil and toss with your hands to distribute oil
  14. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss again
  15. Spread evenly on baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, tossing 1-2 times during roasting time
  16. For a last tip, I love to rub the honeycomb from the Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar over the jasmine rice while it's still hot. It becomes soft and aromatic on the textured rice

Notes

Pro tip: flip the Brussels sprouts so they are cut side down while roasting, as they will caramelize much more evenly this way.

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What do you think? Not only is our “secret ingredient” wonderful for both sweet and savory recipes, it also can help alleviate the cold and flu. It’s a natural cough suppressant that never goes bad! I’m also in love with the honeycomb that comes inside the Don Victor® Honey jar. It’s perfectly edible and is considered a gourmet delicacy by many, for a reason!

Where did we find this premium quality honey with its superior taste and affordable price? Walmart in the hispanic aisle!

I’ve always been a honey fan. We use it quite a bit for all-around wellness – using it to soothe sore throats, combat allergies, and sweeten our teas, and even coffees! It’s a wonderful way to enrich the flavors of foods, stay and feel well, and also give wonderful gifts. When Scarlet was a toddler, she created a dish and even named it. “Gita.” It means plain or vanilla yogurt, cottage cheese, wheat germ, and then Don Victor Victor® on top. We had gotten a Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar as part of a gift basket when Des was born and Scarlet was nearly three. The “dish” has still stuck and we have taught it to our friends too. “Gita” is quite delicious, which is unsurprising when you consider honey’s impact on dishes.

Honey is a source of natural energy, and also a rich source of carbohydrates – providing 17 grams per tablespoon. This makes it ideal for your working muscles since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy. Carbohydrates are also necessary in the diet to help maintain muscle glycogen – known as stored carbohydrates. They are the most important fuel source for athletes to help keep them going. Honey is also a humectant – which means it attracts and retains moisture!

It’s a natural fit in a variety of moisturizing products – like cleansers, creams, shampoos, and conditioners.

What I think is SO cool is that honey never goes bad. It’s been reported that archaeologists found 2,000-year-old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs and said they still tasted delicious! Plus, you can eat honeycomb!

Want some tips to use honeycomb? Toast a piece of your favorite bread, a bagel, or an English muffin. While it’s still hot from the toaster, spread it lightly with butter. Then cut a chunk of the honeycomb with a knife and spread it over the toast. The heat will soften the comb so it will flatten into the toast. It won’t melt, but it becomes soft and aromatic. You can also try this method on hot biscuits, waffles, pancakes, etc. Some upscale restaurants even serve the comb of honey on a cheese plate with crackers. Try it with cheddar or brie, and with multi-grain crackers at your next party. Maybe for New Year’s Eve? As I mentioned in my recipe above, I like to spread it onto my rice to add a sweetness and softness to my rice.

What’s your favorite use for Don Victor® Honey?