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Kale and Corn Quesadillas

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When she has the kitchen all to herself, Phyllis Grant of Dash and Bella cooks beautiful iterations of what solo meals were always meant to be: exactly what you want, when and where you want them.  

Today: Elevate your quesadilla -- this is how.

Kale and Corn Quesadillas on Food52

After getting shot in the heart by a homemade bow and arrow -- while coming down with a cold. After baking a Meyer lemon raspberry cake, massaging heaps of kale, and prepping two batches of tart dough. Between the morning and afternoon rounds of laundry folding, dish washing, dog walking, and time-out dispensing. 

While trying to figure out if I’m supposed to feed a cold and starve a fever or starve a cold and feed a fever or just climb into bed and give up. And before locating the blow torch and almost setting s’mores cupcakes -- and my hair -- on fire, we gleefully inhaled kale and corn quesadillas with yoghurt and Sriracha. Because we wanted to.

How to Make Corn and Kale Quesadillas
De-stem a bunch of kale, and stack the leaves. Chop them into one-inch wide strips. Wash. Dry well.

Coat leaves with 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or garlic oil if you have it). Tenderize by squeezing the greens in your hands. Be aggressive. Do it for a few minutes -- it’s worth it.

Shuck a few ears of corn, and then slice off the raw kernels with a serrated knife. Mix with the kale.

To the kale and corn mixture, add at least one clove of grated or chopped garlic, another tablespoon of olive oil, a splash of Champagne vinegar, a pinch of salt, a finely chopped shallot, 1/3 cup chopped herbs (parsley, mint, and/or basil). Taste. Adjust seasoning. You’ll probably need a bit more salt and maybe some more vinegar.

At this point, the salad will hold up for a few days in the fridge, and it just gathers more flavor as it sits. Eat it now, if you like; toss it with sliced cabbage or pasta.

If you’re going the quesadilla route (which you should), crank up the heat under a griddle or frying pan and coat it with a thin slick of vegetable or olive oil. When the oil is smoking, turn the heat down to medium and place a tortilla in the pan. Cover the tortilla with slices of Monterey Jack cheese. Spoon kale and corn salad all over the cheese (leaving a bit of the cheese exposed so that the top tortilla sticks). Cover with another tortilla. Oh-so-carefully and quickly flip the quesadilla when the first side is crispy and brown. Remove from the heat when second side is done and place on a cutting board.

Let it sit for one minute so that the cheese doesn’t squeeze out when it’s cut. Slice with a pizza cutter or scissors. Splatter with yoghurt, crème fraîche, or sour cream. Serve with Sriracha.

Photos by Phyllis Grant

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15 days ago Mholman

THIS IS AMAZING. Perfect lunch. Will go immediately into my recipe rotation.

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5 months ago Anne

They post links to "recommended recipes" for the ingredients coming out that week in the CSA. It helps with meal planning and I keep finding some really awesome food sites like yours!

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5 months ago Anne

I ran across this recipe last year via our CSA and-- ah!-- we now eat this at least once every other week. So easy to make! Such an excellent balance of flavors! My toddler and husband both beg to have it again and again. Love it.

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5 months ago Phyllis Grant

cool! what do you mean you ran across the recipe via your CSA? very curious.

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5 months ago Anne

Oops. I meant to make that other comment as a response to this one. Sorry about that.

And, yes, I signed up for an account just to say how awesome this recipe is. : )

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5 months ago Phyllis Grant

how cool. which CSA? where do you live? love that they are sharing recipes.

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5 months ago Anne

It's the Brown University Market Share. The link to their recipe index from previous newsletters is here: http://bmspblog.blogspot...

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5 months ago Jo Switten

With this recipe you are responsible I bit my fingers twice! So good so yummy, especially now with the World Championship soccer :) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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5 months ago Phyllis Grant

sorry about your fingers! glad you like the recipe. i had forgotten about it. need to bring it back into the rotation.

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6 months ago banahsohs

this was oh-so-delicious! I added a couple dashes of cumin to the corn/kale mixture to bring some nutty warmth to the dish. i'll definitely be adding this to my repertoire.

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about 1 year ago mrsmaturin

This was delicious and also kid approved. Massaging kale is a cool trick.

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about 1 year ago AAFoodie

Corn or flour tortilla?

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over 1 year ago SBG

Yuhm, Phyllis! (extra 'h' a la 'yoghurt'). Xo

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over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

I feel like tortillas are the type of thing I usually have leftover from another recipe. Not anymore.

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over 1 year ago Phyllis Grant

i just reheated one from the weekend. they even hold up that way. i could probably freeze slices for the kids' lunches. all the components are quite resilient.

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over 1 year ago Emma Wartzman

This is beautiful and I'm making it at the very next opportunity possible.

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over 1 year ago Phyllis Grant

thank you, emma!