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Quesadillas with Chicken, Gouda and Sauteed Onions

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from traditional Cheddar/Monterrey Jack quesadillas. Thyme, sauteed onions and Gouda cheese are a nutty with just a hint of sweetness change of pace.

You will need…

2-3 cups of herb roasted chicken, diced
2 whole yellow onions, sliced
12-16 ounces Gouda cheese, shredded
4-6 tablespoons butter
3-6 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh thyme
Flour tortillas

If you don’t feel like making your own chicken, one whole roasted chicken from the deli should be more than enough meat for quesadillas.

In a large skillet over low heat, melt two or three tablespoons of butter with an equal amount of olive oil. Add onions and saute, stirring often as not to burn the edges. Add sugar, salt and thyme to the onions after about 10 or fifteen minutes and continue to stir. Cook until completely softened and starting to turn brown, but not yet caramelized then remove from heat.

Set up a little assembly station with the onions, Gouda, chicken and tortillas.  Brush one side of each tortilla with either clarified melted butter or olive oil.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, set a tortilla oiled side down and top with a thin layer of Gouda, onions and chicken. heat until the cheese starts to melt and the tortilla starts to tighten up and bubble.

Press another tortilla on top of the melted cheese, oiled side facing out. (It should stick to the cheese.) Let it cook for a minute more and then carefully flip.

Quesadilla is done when the second tortilla has also shrunk and the cheese is completely melted.

Cut into wedges and serve with salsa, sour cream and the reminder of the sauteed onions.

I don’t recall when I switched to making Gouda and onion quesadillas, but I do know I haven’t made traditional ones in years, that’s how much I love this combination of flavors.

The winning record for this dish? Well, this batch was made during MLB’s All-Star game for our guests. (Yes, people have All-Star game parties.) So if I had to guess, I would say this dish ended with a tie.

Here we go!

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