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  • 5 Strips bacon
  • 2/3 c Chopped onions
  • 1 c Diced plum tomatoes (4-5 plum tomatoes); seeded and chopped
  • 1 1/2 ts Balsamic vinegar
  • 3/8 ts Red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • 4 Flour tortillas; (8-inch)
  • 4 oz Creamy goat cheese; (Up to 5 ounces)
  • 1 sm Bunch watercress or arugula; stemmed, cleaned, and dried
  • Olive oil - for grilling or sauteing


Fry bacon in medium heavy skillet over medium heavey skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels, then crumble. Pour off and discard all but 1 1/2 teaspoons bacon drippings. Place pan over medium heat. Add onions; saute, stirring, until softened, 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes, vinegar and red pepper flakes; cook and stir only 30 seconds more. Do not over cook tomatoes. Remove from heat. Season generously with salt. Place tortillas on work surface. Spread each with 2 tablespoons goat cheese. Divide crumbled bacon and sprinkle over half of each tortilla. Divide and spread tomato mixture over bacon. Place 3-4 watercress spigs or 2-3 arugula leaves over tomatoes on each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half. (Quesadillas can be assembeled 30 minutes ahead and held at cool room temperature. Keep loosely covered with plastic wrap.) When ready to cook quesadillas, heat stove-top grill pan or medium-large skillet over medium-high heat; brush lightly with olive oil. When oil is hot, add enough quesadillas to fit comfortably in single layer. Grill or saute until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Remove and continue, adding more oil if needed, until all quesadillas are cooked. To serve, slice quesadillas in half and mound in napkin-lined shallow basket. Serve warm. Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: 56 Calories; 4g Fat (63% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 7mg Cholesterol; 127mg Sodium
Recipe by: Betty Rosbottom - STL Post Dispatch April 98
Posted to MC-Recipe Digest by Lisa Minor <> on May 5, 1998