Are you experiencing vast amounts of snow? Are you chilled to the bone and fed up with winter? Do you miss the taste of grilled food? Well it’s time. Time to rebel against Snowmageddon 2011.
Go ahead. Put on your boots, your hat, gloves and apron. Defiantly march out into that vast white tundra and dig out your grill. Carefully fire it up. Take the tank inside to warm if it doesn’t ignite. Try again.
Now, take your tongs and point them toward the sky and yell at the top of your lungs the mighty battle cry “TONGS!” as loud as possible, and follow with a “Die Evil Snow Die!”
Then grill. Grill and grill and grill like snow is simply a miserable memory and the sun is truly shining down on your happy face. Yes, we will prevail. We will win against Snowmageddon 2011.
One more thing. Run. Run and hide, because your neighbors have called the state mental hospital and the van is on its way to pick you up.
Grilled Sweet Pepper & Black Bean Quesadillas
If you have a cast iron skillet you can finish cooking quesadillas on the grill, if not take them inside to warm on the stove.
2 to 3 Roma tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 large onion
Olive oil or vegetable oil
Salt & Pepper
15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
8-ounce package shredded Mexican cheese
6 soft taco sized tortillas of choice
1. Preheat grill to medium high.
2. Slice tomatoes and place on a paper towel lined plate. Season with salt and pepper and cover with another paper towel. Set aside.
3. Slice peppers and onions into 1 1/2-inch wide strips. Place in a large bowl and coat with oil. Season well with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
4. Place peppers and onions on the grill. Turn once when bottom caramelizes. Cook until done to preference.
5. Have all ingredients at hand. Heat a skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium high heat with a small amount of oil. Place a tortilla in the skillet and top with some of the peppers, onions, black beans, tomato slices, cilantro, cheese, hot sauce and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Fold over top of tortilla. Once toasted, flip the quesadilla over and cook the other side. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Recipe and food photographs by Laura Flowers. Snowmageddon photograph courtesy of friend and Iron Cupcake queen Sandy Ploy as all our snow has melted. Muahahaha!