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Author Notes: I am a big fan of smoked foods and Southwestern flavors. Lately I have been delving deep into books on Food History. I get the biggest kick out of the fact that beans and corn , tomatoes and chiles , all of which have changed the course of world food history, are native to the Americas! I wanted to create a dish to celebrate that, and this contest inspired me to do so. With salmon also common off both the east and west coast of North America,this dish could really be a centerpiece for a Fourth of July celebration! For a non-seafood version, use smoked chicken or smoked turkey, shredded with your fingers.For a vegetarian version, replace the animal/fish protein with drained cooked black beans, or refried beans, sliced hearts of palm , and corn, or tempeh, cooked and mashed dried soybeans, or cooked and mashed edamame. —LE BEC FIN
- 10-12 ounces canned smoked salmon meat that has been squeeze drained*(can substitute unsmoked)
- 6 ounces smoked jack cheese, grated
- 6 ounces pepper jack cheese, grated
- 1/2 ounce scallions, finely chopped
- 2 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes,quartered and chopped
- 10 ounces Red salsa with black beans and corn(if this is thick, draining is not really needed, but if it looks thin, drain in a sieve for 1 hour or overnight)
- 6 fresh chopped cilantro(stems and leaves soaked, drained, dried)
- 4 8" chile flavor flour tortillas( I use Trader Joe's)
- 1/2-1 teaspoons bacon fat or oil or duck fat
- Lay out the tortillas. Spread the smoked jack on the top half of each. Press down with your flattened hand, to bond the cheese with the tortilla. Spread salmon on the top half and press down to secure the protein. On the salmon, sprinkle the scallions, then the grape tomatoes. Top with an even spread of salsa , then cilantro, then pepper jack cheese.Fold bottom half up and over top half, pressing firmly.
- Heat ½- 1 tsp.fat in a non stick skillet. Heat to hot, but not smoking. Lay down 2 quesadillas and press down firmly to sear. When browned and crisp, turn over and cook til brown and crisp. If dinner is delayed, keep cooking on low heat and turning over every few minutes- or the quesadillas will get soft (and they are SO much better crispy!)
- Remove from pan.With a sharp knife,cut each into 4 pie wedges. Serve with Chipotle Sour Cream. In their uncooked state, these can be well wrapped and frozen, to later be defrosted and cooked.
- *With a can opener, open the top of each salmon can all the way, but leave the top in place. Over a bowl, invert each can and squeeze down on its contents so that most of the juices and oil leave the can.Discard the bones and add the skin to the liquids. (Now give this bowl of liquid and skin to your watchful kitty!)
Chipotle Sour Cream
- 3/4 Sour cream (no liquid)
- 1/4 Plain Yoghurt (not 'No Fat')
- 2+ teaspoons pureed Chipotles in Adobo (without seeds;San Marcos brand recommended, not La Morena which needs seeding -ugh)
- 2 teaspoons Orange Juice concentrate
- 1/4- 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- pinch of kosher salt
- Mix all together except chipotles. Add them a bit at a time to make sure the mixture is not too hot for you. Adjust ingredients to taste. Flavors meld best if the sauce is made ahead. Note: I puree a can of chipotles with its adobo and keep in a small container, frozen. With a fork, I easily scrape off what I need each time.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Canned Fish Recipe