Friday, June 4, 2010

"Grilled" Pineapple and Tofu Quesedillas.

Recently, N and I went for a little picnic. The problem is, our perceptions of a picnic are polar opposites. N's idea is to go to an enchanted place, sit down, talk, relax, eat, relax and then head home. My idea is to go there, grab a quick bite, canoe or kayak if possible, relax, , go for a hike and then head home. You get the picture ;) But I must give it to N for being a sport and playing along with me more than often. This was one such occasion. We went to a state park. We decided not to eat out because we had dinner outside the previous evening. So we decided to make these quesedillas and take them with us for our little picnic. They were very easy to make and it took us literally 15-20 mins. to make.


The pineapples, however, weren't really you're about to find out ;)

Ingredients (Makes 3 whole quesedillas)


3 pineapple rings

1 cup tofu, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 jalapenos, chopped finely
1 small onion, chopped coarsely
2/3 c corn kernels
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp Chipotle chili powder
2/3 cup shredded cheese (we use the Mexican cheese blend available at Costco)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
6 tortillas

1. In a pan, heat 1/2 tbsp oil. Add the jalapenos and onion. Let it cook for 2-3 mins.

2. Use the other 1/2 tbsp oil to fry the tofu cubes until golden brown on two sides. Set the pieces aside.

3. On this hot electric stove, place one pineapple ring and wait for about 10-15 seconds. Flip it. If you see 'grill-marks', continue. Otherwise, flip back until you see some marks. Repeat with remaining slices of pineapples. Once done, cut them into 1/2 inch pieces.

4. Add the corn kernels, cumin powder, chipotle powder, salt, tofu cubes and pepper and cook for 5 more mins. Add the pineapple pieces and set aside.

5. Take little butter on a flat bottom pan. When hot, place a tortilla on it. Sprinkle cheese on top of the tortilla. When the side exposed to the pan begins to brown, remove it from the pan. The cheese should have melted a little.

6. Repeat this with three out of the six tortillas. Fix the remaining tortillas without cheese.

7. On the tortilla without cheese, spread the veggie mixture and top it with a tortilla with the cheese. That makes one whole quesedilla. Similarly, make the remaining two.



We really enjoyed the flavors. The heat from the jalapenos was countered by the sweetness of the pineapple. The smoky nature of the chipotle chili and the heartiness added by tofu were also great. We had a great time and these quesedillas were more than enough to keep us energized!


Nandini Vishwanath said...

The way I do it is different from A :P I toast the tortilla on the tawa, put the veggies/beans on it and then top it with cheese, top it with another tortilla (not toasted works fine) and then flip the whole thing so the cheese goes to the bottom and the untoasted part of tortilla gets toasted!

Good job ;)

Priti said...

Looks yum...nice combo...using tofu is nice idea..

Shyam said...

I'm with N's idea of a picnic all the way! :) Hiking/kayaking/rafting/anything overly active should not figure in the plan. Maybe a gentle walk, but that's it. Did I say my picnic would involve lotsa food? :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Absolutely yummy looking quesedillas. Tempting pictures. YUM!!!!

Cynthia said...

I am taking sides with N. I prefer his idea of a picnic :)

Jaime said...

wow what a great combo of flavors! yum

Jaime said...

me again :) i love tofu but my hubby doesn' you think i can trick him into eating it w/this recipe? :) also what kind of tofu did you use - soft or firm?

Arch said...

Hey, i had left my comment here a few days back - why is it missing ?? grilled pineapple sounds awesome ! And peri peri sauce, its a really really spicy sauce, generally had with chicken -had it in Goa, perhaps has some Portugal / African roots...u shud try it - the spice is mind-blowing !

Asha said...

Very healthy meal in one, love Quesadillas! :)

Jaime said...

thanks... I usually only buy tofu when I visit my local Asian market (which isn't often) but I will definitely let you know if I try it. I'm going to see if I can sneak it in and not tell him and just say they are vegetarian quesadillas ;)

Bong Mom said...

Now that N will be away for an year you should do more the eat-- talk -- relax picnic. That one goes best with such tortillas. Why hike on a picnic ?

Mallugirl said...

i like ur idea of a picnic.. some trekking som ecanoeing..
i add all the ingredients and the cheese on the tortilla and then press down a bit to merge everything.

J said...

simply mouthwatering!! I love pineaaples never thought i could use them this way!!

Veggie Belly said...

loving the pineapple tofu combo here, yum!

RV said...

am loving this one. I will go with N on the picnic thing.

Savithri said...

I think a combination of your picnic ideas would be a fun day:) Thanks for sharing!

Rahin said...

yummy ! chillies n pineapples and corn , lovely combo of flavors