St. Patrick’s Day is a week away, and whether you’re Irish or not, it’s fun to get into the spirit. (Well, it is for me anyway. But I’m a major sucker for holidays in general, so there’s that.)
I’ve shared this story before, but speaking of being Irish, I always envied my Irish friends growing up in Chicago (there’s a big Irish population here; I mean they dye the Chicago River green to celebrate), because I was one of the few in the area who wasn’t. I felt like an outsider. Then in my late twenties, a discovery was made while going through papers my grandmother had left behind: my grandmother’s grandparents had immigrated from – yes, that’s right – Ireland. It turns out we are Irish.
Whether you’re Irish or not, I think you’ll enjoy these yummy St. Paddy’s Day inspired quesadillas. My kids are obsessed with them. I kind of am too.
Large spinach (or any green) tortilla
1 cup grated cheese (we like cheddar or a Mexican blend)
Handful of fresh baby spinach
1/2 tablespoon oil (we like coconut) or butter
1/2 cup salsa verde
1/2 avocado, cubed
Small handful of cilantro
In a large skillet, melt oil or butter over medium heat. Place the tortilla in the pan and flip to warm both sides. Sprinkle cheese over half of the tortilla, then cover with baby spinach leaves. Fold uncovered side over the top of the covered side to fold in half. Reduce heat and cover the pan for about a minute. Uncover, flip, and cover again for a minute. Repeat this until the cheese is fully melted. Remove from pan and slice into wedges. Top with salsa verde, cubed avocado, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
I’d love to hear about any other fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes you enjoy this time of year.