Simply Kid Chefs: Quesadilla Pizza

Our young chefs spent Saturday night with their grandparents and we didn’t plan cooking ahead. I called Sunday and spoke with our youngest about what he would like to prepare as I was heading out for the big weekly shop. He wanted to re-make quesadilla pizzas from Rachael Ray and we decided because it hadn’t been on the blog – it was ok 🙂

This time, he was excited to try chorizo (not surprising as he loves ALL meat in tube form). I only put the pans in and out of the oven. The chef did everything else! He was pretty excited to slice by himself and do everything with minimal help.

Here’s the recipe from Rachael Ray

8 flour tortillas
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup salsa, red or green, mild or hot
3/4 pound brick smoked cheddar or pepper Jack cheese
1/2 cup sliced green olives and pimentos, drained
3 scallions, cut up with kitchen scissors or chopped into small pieces
8 ounces chorizo or linquica sausage (available near the kielbasa in your grocery store’s meat department), thinly sliced or diced

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Take out two nonstick cookie sheets. Place two tortillas on each cookie sheet, one next to the other.
Top each tortilla with lots of cheddar cheese.
Place another tortilla on top of each cheese-covered tortilla.
Put the tortillas in the oven and bake five minutes. Take them back out of the oven using pot holders.
Press the tortillas down a bit with a spatula to set them in place with the melted cheese.
Top each cheese quesadilla with some salsa, a sprinkle of smoked cheddar or pepper Jack cheese, olives, pimentos, scallions and some thin slices of chorizo or linquica sausage.
Put the pizzas into the oven and cook until the edges are brown and crisp and cheese is melted on top, 5-6 minutes more.
Take the pizzas out and transfer one whole pizza onto each dinner plate and serve.

It was a great, easy dinner on a football Sunday :). Like most recipes, it can be played with. The amount of cheese, salsa or meat can be easily changed and it was a huge hit with the entire family!!

Have you tried combining Mexican and pizza? What’s your favorite recipe to change up?