Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Fake Quesadillas

With the grated cheese in my fridge getting further and further past its use-by date, some drastic measures have to be taken before I let yet another food item go to waste. Surprisingly, despite being over a week past the date, the cheese still tastes pretty good. This information would probably be useful to the university students and cost-conscious amongst the readers.

Anyway, on with the posting. Some colleagues of mine at work brought up the idea of making quesadillas with the cheese. Given that Sainsbury's have salsa dip and pitta bread in their Basics range, the suggestion was definitely worth a try. Since true quesadillas use tortillas as the staple however, what we are doing today  would just be a cheap imitation.

In terms of the quality of the two items to be introduced today... well, you get what you pay for. The Basics salsa dip was less chunky than its more mainstream counterparts, and the Basics pittas, like other Basics bread items, has a tendency to crumble very easily. Of the latter, one has to be very careful when trying to slice it open, or it would fall completely apart.

Preparation is pretty straightforward. While your oven is preheated to 200 degrees Celsius, cut open the pittas.

Put a layer of cheese on one side of the pitta, top with salsa, and finish with another layer of cheese.

Cover with other side of pitta, and put into the oven until golden brown.

The end product looked a bit strange, having some resemblance to quesadillas but also bearing some similarities to a close-faced bit-size pizza-like pastry I had in Sardinia some time ago. Looks don't matter when the food tastes good though.

DescriptionPrice per UnitNo. of servingsTrade-up PremiumTrade-up Benefits
White Pitta£0.256 small pittas+£0.24Higher quality bread
Salsa Dip£0.69300g+£0.64Chunkier salsa, choice between mild and hot

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