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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Cheesy Sandwich-dilla Melt

I am the original source for this recipe, so once again there isn't a link to provide you. I did the best I could to create a recipe, and the made up version is below. This one takes roughly 10 minutes from start to finish, and has the added bonus of also being delicious. So many different ways you can jazz this recipe up, too! And....drum roll please....our first 5 star recipe!

You may be asking yourself what is a sandwich-dilla? And I can't blame you because I am asking myself the exact same question. A sandwich-dilla is the jumble of words you throw together to describe something kind of like a sandwich and kind of like a quesadilla, while also being absolutely nothing like either. It's the "close enough" word. The final star rating for this "close enough" meal are below.

Final Star Rating
Taste: ***** (5 stars, Delicious Award)
Texture: ***** (5 stars, Delicious Award)
Easy to Make: ***** (5 stars, Delicious Award)
Overall stars: ***** (5 stars, Delicious Award)

recipe ingredients laid out on counter top: 2 slices cheese, corn tortillas, cooking spray, turkey sausage, salsa
Cheesy Sandwich-dilla Melt
Serves 1

cooking spray
2 corn tortillas
1 slice 2% provolone cheese
1 tsp Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning
1/4 cup black bean & corn salsa
3 oz turkey sausage (1/2 link), or 3 slices lunch meat of choice
1 slice 2% sharp cheddar cheese
Optional toppings, as desired: cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream

  1. Liberally spray the bottom of a small skillet with cooking spray.
  2. Layer all ingredients inside pan, topping with the second tortilla. Liberally spray top of sandwich-dilla with additional cooking spray. 
  3. Turn stove top on to medium heat. Cook for approximately 3-5 minutes, until slightly crispy and golden brown and the cheese has started to melt. Carefully flip sandwich-dilla over and cook an additional 3-5 minutes. 
  4. Turn stove top off, remove pan from heat, and place sandwich-dilla onto plate. Top with your choice of toppings. 
Gryffindor beer stein behind a red and white plate painted with cherries. on top of the plate is a tortilla sandwich with cheese spilling out and a dollop of salsa on top

Notes for Next Time: It really is as easy as it looks. This is an incredibly quick, cheesy sandwich/quesadilla to make. The best part about it is the versatility of ingredients....

Black bean and corn salsa is my personal favorite, but you can snazz this recipe up with peach, mango, or watermelon salsa. Try out various different kinds of lunch meat, sausage, or leftover grilled meats, too. Because everything is precooked, all you're doing is heating up the meat and letting the cheese melt. Cheese is just one more way to change the flavor profile, too! Smoky, sharp, white, orange, light, full.... so many options. 

To go vegetarian with this recipe, you just need an additional source of protein. You can use extra cheese or add additional beans, either whole or smashed. Tofu would be good as it absorbs the flavor of the spices you're cooking with. If you've ever cooked with TVP (textured vegetable protein) before, you can add that as a ground meat substitute. 

You can also choose from a multitude of seasoning mixes. I nearly always use some sort of Mrs. Dash seasoning - Fiesta Lime, Garlic & Herb, Cajun, or taco seasoning would be nice flavors to use. If you're feeling adventurous, you can add your own spices individually to fit your tastes.Chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic, or black pepper should get you started. 

And, of course, don't forget your vegetables! You can very easily cut up a few extra peppers, onions, or tomatoes to go with this. Avocados would also add a nice creamy texture. Just make sure the top tortilla lays flat so you can flip it over easily. 

Watch how it's made here!

Have fun with it, and enjoy this 10 minute meal!

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