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Applebee's Quesadillas Recipe
Applebee's Quesadillas
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Appetizer
Calories: 423
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Recipe Rating: 0.0 (0 reviews)
 
Menu Description:"Two cheeses, bacon, tomatoes, onion, jalapenos grilled between tortillas with guacamole, sour cream and salsa."

When Bill and T.J. Palmer opened their first restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1980, they realized their dream of building a full-service, reasonably-priced restaurant in a neighborhood setting. They called their first place T.J. Applebee's Edibles and Elixirs, and soon began franchising the concept. In 1988 some franchisees bought the rights to the name and changed it to Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar. By that time, there were over 650 outlets, making Applebee's one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the world.

According to waiters at the restaurant, the easy-to-make and slightly spicy quesadillas are one of the most popular appetizers on the Applebee's menu. The recipe calls for 10-inch or "burrito-size" flour tortillas, which can be found in most supermarkets, but any size can be used in a pinch. Look for the jalapeno "nacho slices" in the ethnic or Mexican food section of the supermarket. You'll find these in jars or cans. Cilantro, which is growing immensely in popularity, can be found in the produce section near the parsley, and is also called fresh coriander or Chinese parsley.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.

2 10-inch ("burrito size") flour tortillas
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 medium tomato, chopped
2 teaspoons diced onion
1 teaspoon diced canned jalapeno ("nacho slices")
1 slice bacon
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
dash salt

On the side
sour cream
guacamole
salsa

1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.

2. Spread half of the butter on one side of the each tortilla. Put one tortilla, butter side down, in the hot pan.

3. Spread the cheeses evenly onto the center of the tortilla in the pan. You don't have to spread the cheese all the way to the edge. Leave a margin of an inch or so all the way around.

4. Sprinkle the tomato, onion, and jalapeno over the cheese.

5. Crumble the slice of cooked bacon and sprinkle it over the other ingredients.

6. Sprinkle the cilantro and a dash of salt over the other ingredients.

7. Top off the quesadilla with the remaining tortilla, being sure that the buttered side is facing up.

8. When the bottom tortilla has browned, after 45 to 90 seconds, flip the quesadilla over and grill the other side for the same length of time.

9. Remove the quesadilla from the pan, and, using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the quesadilla three times through the middle like a pizza, creating 6 equal sices. Serve hot with sour cream, quacamole, and salsa on the side.



        
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