Brie and Walnut Quesadillas with Tropical Fruit Salsa
1 cup 1/3-inch dice peeled cored pineapple
1 cup 1/3-inch dice peeled pitted mango
1 cup 1/3-inch dice peeled seeded papaya
1/2 cup 1/3-inch dice red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 serrano chile, minced, with seeds
Butter, room temperature
8 8-inch flour tortillas
1 pound chilled Brie, rind trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
24 fresh cilantro sprigs
1 cup Candied Maple Walnuts
Candied Maple Walnuts:
1 cup walnut halves
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
FOR SALSA: Toss all ingredients in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
(Can be made 3 hours ahead).
FOR CANDIED MAPLE WALNUTS: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Line rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Combine walnuts and maple syrup in medium bowl; toss to coat.
Spread out nuts on sheet.
Bake until browned and dry, stirring often, about 22 minutes.
Coarsley chop nuts.
(Can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)
FOR QUESADILLAS: Butter tortillas on 1 side; place buttered side down on large rimmed baking sheet.
Top half of each tortilla with cheese, cilantro springs, and nuts.
Fold tortillas in half; press lightly.
(Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Working in batches, cook tortillas in heavy large skillet over medium heat until golden and cheese melts, about 1 minute per side.
Transfer to baking sheet.
Keep warm in oven.
Cut each into 3 wedges and serve with salsa.
Pairs Well With
Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit, May, 2003