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?

Cheesy Bacon Hot Dipping Sauce For The Big Game.

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I live in New England – land of cold days, freezing nights, and keeping warm with pizza and football. When I lived in San Francisco, I didn’t have the luxury of knowing what keeps New Englanders warm over winter – team spirit and great food.

big game

I remember one of my first nights visiting here – in New Hampshire. It was January, and very cold up in the White Mountains. My friend and I were looking for a hotel after many hours in the car from New Jersey, and we found a restaurant called “The Muddy Moose.” Once we stepped out of our car in the parking lot, we heard a sound like thunder. It was booming and festive and very, very loud. We walked into the restaurant and found the source of the loudness of the White Mountains – a football game on at the bar! The entire restaurant was gathered together, warm and red-faced and happy, counting down the final seconds as their favorite team from Boston scored a winning touchdown. If I thought it was loud before that.. it got louder.

The game was over, the team had won, and people I had never met were clasping my hands and patting my shoulders as we waited for a table. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was uproarious and happy, and the food was delicious.

Years later, I would move to New England and become a part of what keeps us all warm and together – football games and party recipes. I’m more of a party recipe kind of girl, but I’ve found a lot of fun and bonding over games. Who knew?

Yesterday, I knew I had to make something for the football games Cassidy would have on during the afternoon. It was our last day of winter vacation and I had a bit of the Sunday Night Blues. Since we’ll be in Florida for the Big Game in February, and we’re not yet sure if our Boston team will be in the game, we decided to celebrate the game yesterday with party food.

I went to Walmart over the weekend and picked up a Red Baron Classic Crust 4-Cheese pizza, an Edwards HERSHEY’S* Chocolate Crème Pie, and the fixings for Cheesy Bacon Hot Dipping Sauce/Dip.

I made the dipping sauce to go with chips and pretzel bites, but in truth, you can dip your pizza slices in there too! I love the idea of elevating flavors in something you already love – pizza. And then making it even cheesier is a huge hit.

Cassidy has the game on during Sunday afternoons because it reminds him of Sunday afternoons with his dad. It also reminds me of holidays and other warm gatherings we had together as a family when I was a kid. Good food was always present.

Red Baron pizza, Edwards pie, and my dipping sauce will make a big game party, or any game day, really shine. Red Baron pizzas are perfect for hosting, because they’re an easy and convenient option, and it saves time in the kitchen without sacrificing great taste. There is “Crust Perfection in Every Bite!” It makes everyone happy to have this tasty party option.

Then there’s my favorite pizza party pairing – Cheesy Bacon Hot Dipping Sauce.

What you’ll need:

Ingredients
8 ounces (1 package) cream cheese, cut into cubes
8 ounces (2 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces heavy cream or half & half
1 teaspoon Worcestershire or Tabasco sauce
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
6 thick cut bacon strips, cooked and then diced

What you’ll do:

1. Cook the bacon and set aside on paper towels.

2. Save a few tablespoons of bacon grease in medium or large pan and heat over medium.

3. Add the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cream, hot sauce, and mustard.

4. Stir occasionally until melted, or about 3-4 minutes.

5. Stir in bacon and reserve some for garnish on top.

6. Serve with chips, pretzel bites, vegetables or pizza!

Personally I like to serve everything all together, so I serve my Edwards pie with the pizza and the hot dipping sauce. You can serve it after too. It’s the perfect dessert to go with a pizza party meal!

What are your favorite party recipes for the Big Game? What’s your favorite Red Baron pizza flavor?