Sunday, September 5, 2010

Contest Entry - Thanksgiving Quesadillas

 Contest:  Ocean Spray Tailgating Recipe Contest
Entered by me!  Thanksgiving Quesadillas

I haven't blogged in awhile.  My mother-in-law has been visiting so we have been busy, then my computer died.  Just got a new laptop, but haven't set everything up on it so no pics till we get the camera stuff on here.  I have been diligently working on a few recipes for this Ocean Spray contest.  The contest is only open to the 5 New England states, so I am hoping the odds alone will help me in finding a bit of success.  The prize is tickets to a Patriots game which would really build my husband's support of my hobby should I win them.  I tried a few things for this contest; pork with a cranberry marinade and a cranberry meatloaf.  I wanted to put slices of meatloaf on the grill for some cool meatloaf tailgate sandwiches.  They were both good, but just didn't feel very cranberry.  We loved this recipe, it was a hit with all that ate it.  Hope it is a winner.  Just submitted it tonight, we'll see if I hear from the Ocean Spray people.  Fingers crossed!

Thanksgiving Quesadillas
Source - ME!

1 Cup Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 Clove Garlic - pressed
1 Jalapeño diced
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

2 lbs Turkey Tenderloin or Turkey Tips
1 Cup Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce
12 oz Shredded Swiss and Gruyere Cheeses (found this at Trader Joes)
2 Cups Stove Top Stuffing
8 Flour Tortillas
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil

Prepare the marinade.  Combine all the marinade ingredients and whisk together till mixed will.  Place turkey and marinade in a zip top plastic bag.  Place in refrigerator for at least a 1/2 hour.

Heat grill to medium/low heat.  Place the turkey on the grill and cook thoroughly.  Remove from grill and cut into small bite size pieces, set aside.  Prepare the stove top stuffing.

Quesadilla preparation.  Turn grill up to medium heat.  With a pastry brush, lightly brush vegetable oil on one side of a flour tortilla.  Place tortilla, oil side down on grill.  Top 1/2 of the tortilla with a layer of cheese, then turkey.  Dab teaspoons of cranberry sauce and stuffing on the turkey then top with cheese.  Fold the tortilla in half to create the 1/2 moon shape quesadilla.  Close the grill cover for 1-2 minutes.  Flip the quesadilla, close lid again for 1-2 minutes.  Grill the quesadilla until the tortilla is crisp and the cheese has melted.  Divide the ingredients between the 8 tortillas and repeat the process until all quesadillas are done.  Serve hot and enjoy!

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