So tonight the top 13 "Idol" contestants perform in the first coed competition of the season, and the heat is ON. It's also a performance-heavy, two-hour episode. This occasion therefore calls for especially spicy and meaty fare. Sarah's bacon-y quesadilla recipe, one of her signature dishes and personal favorites, should hit the spot!
Caramelized Onion Quesadillas with Bacon and Goat Cheese
Yields 4 appetizer servings, 2 quesadilla slices per person
▪ 5 slices center cut bacon, diced (reserve 1 tbsp for garnish)
▪ 1 large onion, cut in to thin strips
▪ 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
▪ 1/2 tsp dried thyme
▪ 4 large flour tortillas
▪ 2.5 oz goat cheese
▪ sour cream
Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
To caramelize the onions add the oil to the bacon fat, then add the onions and thyme. Cook for 35-40 minutes, turning frequently to avoid burning, until the onions are reduced in size and a deep golden brown. Remove onions from the skillet and wipe clean.
Starting one tortilla at a time, place the tortilla in the skillet and add three dollops (around 3 tbsp) of the goat cheese to one side of the tortilla. Top with the onions and bacon and fold the other side over. Cook until the tortilla is a light golden brown, and the cheese is melted.
Repeat for the remaining tortillas. Serve with a dollop of sour cream for dipping and garnish with the bacon bits. If you're making this as a meal, double the recipe for 4 people, or this will suffice for 2.
I also like to serve my quesadillas with some home made guacamole and salsa!!
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