Friday, October 21, 2011

Consolation Quesadillas

Shrimp and Bacon Quesadillas
Sunset Magazine

My son's football team lost in a brutal game last night to an arch-rival. It was a no holds barred kind of game; the kind I imagine is played in prison yards. Kicks and punches were thrown, names were called, mothers were maligned. And that was just in the spectator stands.

I kid.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure at least one of the refs needed to have his glasses checked. Hits were much harder than they needed to be and several guys on both sides were carried off. The refs warned both teams' captains several times but penalty flags rarely were thrown. I'm not saying either side was completely innocent. I realize testosterone makes guys do crazy things, but geez. As a mom, I was horrified, not just worried about my son but all the boys.

I had seen this recipe in the October 2011 edition of Sunset Magazine. Since C is a huge fan of shrimp and bacon and quesadillas--well, it seemed a natural for last night.

So easy: Chop a few slices of bacon and fry in a pan. Remove bacon to a paper towel and drop shrimp, which has been sliced lengthwise, into the same pan. I had cooked shrimp on hand, so I just tossed it in the pan for a moment to heat.

In a dry, heated pan, drop in a flour tortilla, warm on one side, then flip to the other side and warm. Sprinkle shredded cheese (jack, cheddar or the Mexican blend would work) on half the tortilla. Then sprinkle bacon and shrimp onto the tortilla and sprinkle another layer of shredded cheese over all. Fold tortilla in half and flip. Cook for just a minute or two until cheese is melted.

I served this with sour cream, salsa, a large green salad and fruit salad for dessert. Many yummy noises were made :-)  That was just the appetizer though. It appears the remainder of the tortillas, a bag of chips and the rest of the salsa, a half loaf of bread (and maybe some ramens) also were consumed. Sheez, 16 year old boys!

Later, his dad asked our son how his day was, and he said, "The game was brutal, but dinner made the day better."

Sometimes we forget how hard an adolescent's life is. Make something special for your kiddos tonight. Food can make a difference, especially when a hug might hurt a little!

If you would like the complete directions, click here.

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