Caleb joined me in the kitchen studio at the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club to create some simple holiday mealtime yum with these Christmas Tree Quesadillas that are both festive and fun. We really chained up the typical quesadilla flavor by using pesto & mozzarella along with spinach wraps & bell peppers to create these yummy holiday trees that are perfect for a quick and easy warm lunch or even a dinner on the run during this very busy season.
You can catch Caleb’s awesome video and our recipe below.
Christmas Tree Festive Quesadillas by Jodie Fitz
2 Spinach Wraps*
2 tablespoons Pesto
1 – 1 ½ cups Price Chopper part-skim mozzarella, shredded
1 Red bell peppers
2 – 3 Yellow bell peppers
6 – 8 Price Chopper mini pretzel dippers
Wash the peppers remove the ends and the seeds. Cut the red bell peppers into thin strips. Dice some of the yellow bell pepper into small pieces. Save a few strips to cut yellow pepper stars if desired; you can use a mini cookie cutter or cut them with clean kitchen shears.
Place one spinach wrap on to a clean surface. Spread a layer of pesto. Evenly distribute the shredded mozzarella cheese. Place the other spinach wrap on top. Spread a very light layer of butter onto the top of the prepared quesadilla and begin to cook it in a pre-heated skillet. Butter the other side while one side is toasting as if you are cooking a grilled cheese sandwich. Flip once one side is lightly toasted & continue to cook until the other side is lightly toasted & the cheese is fully melted. You can even sprinkle a light layer of added cheese if you want onto the top to use as edible ‘food glue’ for the final decorating stage because it will begin to melt as the other side cooks.
Once it is cooked, cut the quesadilla on a flat surface with a pizza cutter to create 6 – 8 triangular slices. Place a mini pretzel dipper in the end for the tree trunk. Decorate the top of each tree with red strips to serve as the garland, the diced yellow will serve as ornaments & top it off with a yellow bell start for a festive warm lunch or very quick & easy dinner on the run.
*Spinach wraps can typically be found in the deli area at Price Chopper Supermarkets.
NOTE: Some premade pesto does need to be mixed with a tablespoon of Price Chopper light olive oil to create a usable consistency; it depends on the individual product.
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