Quesadillas are an easy appetizer to satisfy your hungry guests, but if you want to kick it up a notch from the usual triangles, use your Christmas cookie cutters to make the pieces more festive. I’ve tried it a few different ways: first I cut the shapes out of the tortillas and made my quesadillas. This works if you have a uniform shaped cutter (circle, tree). Using a detailed shape (star, gingerbread man) makes it more difficult to fill all the nooks and crannies of the shape with filling.
Secondly I cut the shapes out of a ready made whole quesadilla. This meant there was a lot of waste with the remnants after cutting out my shapes. Which method you choose depends on the shape you want. The results for either method are equally festive!
1 package of 10 Old El Paso tortillas
2 cups grated cheese
1 minced red or yellow pepper
2 chicken breasts
1/2 pkg of Old El Paso taco/fajita seasoning
Cut your chicken into small pieces. Fry it in a pan with a bit of oil. When the chicken is almost done, sprinkle in the seasoning and make sure each piece is coated well.
Once the chicken is cooked, cut it into smaller pieces still, almost a mince.
Sprinkle some cheese, some peppers and some of the minced chicken into your tortilla. Put it in a hot frying pan. Cover with a second tortilla. Cook until the cheese is melted, flip it, and crisp up the opposite side.
Remove the quesadilla and repeat with the other tortillas. Cut the shapes after or before, it’s your call. Serve with sour cream, some sprinkled chopped cilantro, and some salsa.