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Masala Sausage Quesadillas
What are Quesadillas?
- Quesadillas mainly originated in Mexico.
- It is a dish where corn tortillas or flour tortillas are stuffed with cheese and other delectable stuffings of meat and veggies, then folded and cooked to form half-moon shapes. Later they may or may not be cut into thin wedges for easy handling and eating.
- They can be eaten alone or they are topped with salsas, guacamole, serrano chilies or chopped onions.
- In Mexico as well as in southwestern part of U.S.A quesadillas or rather cheese quesadillas are phenomenally popular. Quesadillas are mostly served as an appetizer.
- Nowadays even quesadillas are available for desserts with delicious stuffings of chocolate, caramel or different types of fruits!
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The Fusion Quesadillas
Living in Texas has given me an opportunity to try out new things that I hadn't done before. One thing I came to understand from the very first day I set my foot here is that Texas is greatly influenced by the Mexican culture and why not it was a part of Mexico in the past. The Latino-Spanish influences are very much predominant here. Whether be it their remarkable style of dressing with cowboy boots and hats of the wild, wild west or their popular Tex-Mex cuisine, Texas is unique. This Lone Star state has a distinct character that sets it apart from the rest.
Talking of Tex-Mex cuisine the very dish that comes to my mind are the quesadillas. Although there are many near contenders like the Burrito, Enchilada or the Taco; my love for Quesadilla is unmatched because no other Mexican food better suits my tastebuds like the delicious cheese dripping Quesadilla.
Myself being an Indian, I always wonder at the many similarities Mexicans have with us, the Indians. First of all their looks, my God, we look like we belong to the same race, myself being not out of that list. There are times when store-keepers here start conversing with me in Spanish, mostly mistaking me to be a Mexican. Initially I used to get embarrassed. But right now I have adjusted myself with that. Talking about similarities I would like to point out that our conservative cultures are so very similar, the concept of religion with temples also coincide to some extent at one point and how can we overlook the similarities in our food habits, the similarities between tortillas and chapatis, the use of handsome amount of chills and spices in dishes. It fascinates me when I can draw the similarities between a Mexican burrito and an Indian kathi roll or the similarity between a Mexican taco and an Indian masala pappad.
So Indianizing my favorite Quesadillas was only a matter of time for me, as if I was destined to do so at some point. It was so very easy. Keeping the basic ingredients similar, I deliberately introduced Indian flavors to make it more spicy (we all know Indian cuisine is the spiciest among all world cuisines). Please do not step back after this disclosure. I bet once you try my Masala Quesadillas you will become their fan for your entire life. Interestingly this quesadilla is made from ingredients that are available in my freezer rack. I had some leftover sausages and I utilized them here, which ultimately went to into becoming the appetizing Masala Sausage Quesadillas. You can substitute sausage with minced chicken. The taste will be equally great. The dish is so undemanding that it can be made effortlessly anytime for your family or for your guests. It is a perfect example of what a quick snack should be. Try it out for yourselves.
The Making of Masala Sausage Quesadillas
- 1 Uncooked Tortilla, you can also use the cooked version
- 1 Chili Garlic Sausage, cubed
- 1/2 Onion, diced
- 1/2 Colored Bell Pepper, diced
- 1 Serrano Chili, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon Tomato Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Tobasco Sauce
- 1 pinch Garam Masala
- 1/2 cup Permesan Cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoon White Oil
- According to taste Salt
- At first thaw the sausages and cut them into cubes. Next slightly fry the sausage cubes in 1 tablespoon of oil.
- Take out an uncooked tortilla from the refrigerator, preferably a flour tortilla and cook it. You can use the pre-cooked one but I prefer to cook it just before I eat because of its fresh taste.
- Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Place your burner on high heat. Add diced onions, bell peppers and chili and fry it for few minutes. Sprinkle one pinch of salt, tobacco sauce and tomato sauce on top. Add the fried sausage cubes into it. By this time the veggies have turned crispy. Finally add a pinch of garam masala. Your stuffing is ready. Keep it aside.
- Simmer the heat. Place the cooked tortilla in it. Lightly sprinkle it with permesan cheese. You can use any variety of cheese. Next place the stuffing in the middle. You should be careful not to use a large amount of stuffing otherwise the stuffing may spill out while you attempt to fold it. Layer it with permesan cheese again.
- With the help of a pair of tongs or spatula fold the tortilla into two halves. Press it on one side, then flip it to the next side and again press. The cheese inside the tortilla will help to stick it together.
- Your masala sausage quesadilla is ready. Deliver it on a plate. You may serve it just like that or you may cut it into thin wedges.
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Quesadillas: The Experiment Continues
And so are their success stories. Day by day new variations of quesadillas are evolving out of the permutation and combination experiments of chefs or amateurs like us. It is only possible because these quesadillas can be stuffed with almost anything that tastes good. As a perfect little snack for a quick meal these quesadillas are just incomparable. Try them out at home. Success is sure to kiss your hands. Happy Cooking guys!