Duck Meat Quesadillas with Avocado Cream

Duck Meat Quesadillas with Avocado Cream

8 large flour tortillas (7-1/2-inch diameter)

4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese with jalapenos, grated

4 ounces Montrachet or other soft goat cheese, crumbled

7 cup shredded cooked duck or dark meat chicken

4 large white mushrooms, stems trimmed and thinly sliced

2 scallions (2 inches green left on), very thinly sliced crosswise

1 tsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves or flat-leaf parsley

2 limes, quartered, for serving

Fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish

1/2 cup Avocado Cream (recipe follows), for serving



Place 4 tortillas on a work surface and sprinkle each with 1 tsp. Monterey Jack and 1/2 ounce Montrachet, making sure the cheeses are evenly distributed over the surface. Scatter 1/4 cup shredded duck or chicken over each, then sprinkle evenly with the sliced mushrooms, scallions, and chopped cilantro.  Cover with the remaining cheeses. Place a second tortilla over each, creating a sandwich, and press down on the ingredients with the palm of your hand. Head a dry nonstick large skillet over medium heat until very hot. Using a large spatula, place a quesadilla in the skillet and cook, pressing down with the spatula, and turning once, until the cheese melts and the tortillas brown slightly, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove to a low oven (250 F.) to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas. To serve, cut each quesadilla in quarters and serve hot, garnished with quartered limes, cilantro sprigs, and a dollop of avocado cream. Serve with a bowl of salsa alongside. Yield: 4 servings

Avocado Cream

1 ripe avocado,  pitted, peeled, and cut in large pieces

Juice of 1 lime

1/2 C. sour cream

Salt, to taste


Place all the ingredients except the salt in a food processor and process until completely smooth. Scrape into a bowl and season to taste with salt. Serve Immediately.


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