Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mango Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe

It is always fun to mix up textures, flavors and typical ingredients to make a fantastic meal.  My cousin inspired to me to make these mango and goat cheese quesadillas for dinner one night, and oh boy am I glad she did.  The combination of the sweet mango with the soft, tart goat cheese is out of this world.  Each bite has amazing layers of flavor that tickle all of your taste buds making this dish irresistible.

I baked these quesadillas in the oven, but feel free to fry them with a little oil or grill them open faced.  We had them for dinner, but these would also serve as a great appetizer or a snack.  You would really impress your guests pulling these off of your grill and serving them as an appetizer. 
The sky is the limit with this flavor combination.  If you like feta more than goat cheese, then make the switch.  Use this as a starting point and see where it can take you.   

Mango Goat Cheese Quesadilla Recipe
Makes 2 large quesadillas
Preheat oven 350o

4 large flour tortillas
2 mangos, peeled and cubed
1 lime, zest and juice
1/3 cup chopped green onion {scallions}
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro, additional for garnish
5 ounces goat cheese

In a large bowl, combine the cubed mango, 1 teaspoon of lime zest, fresh squeezed lime juice, green onion and cilantro.  Mix all the ingredients together and let sit aside to meld the flavors together.   

On a large baking sheet, place 2 flour tortillas down.  Spread the mango mixture evenly over the two tortillas.  Sprinkle the goat cheese over the top and cover with the remaining two tortillas.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the tortilla is crispy and the goat cheese has slightly melted down.


1)      This was the first time I had ever cut a mango.  I wasn't sure what the proper technique, so I looked up a tutorial video. 

2)     As noted above, feel free to grill or fry these as well.
3)     Use different flavor combinations, strawberries and goat cheese or peaches and feta.  Get creative. 

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