Shrimp-and-Corn Quesadillas with Avocado Salad

February 2010
Shrimp-and-Corn Quesadillas with Avocado Salad

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion plus 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grated peel of 1 lime plus 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 avocados, chopped
Directions
  1. In a medium nonstick skillet, cook the chopped onion in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook until just opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Let the shrimp cool slightly, then coarsely chop; toss with half of the lime peel, lime juice and parsley.
  2. Place a tortilla on a work surface and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with 1/4 cup corn, one-quarter of the shrimp mixture and another 1/4 cup cheese; season with salt and pepper and set another tortilla on top. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, cheese, corn and shrimp mixture to make 4 quesadillas.
  3. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat. Add a quesadilla to the pan and cook, turning once, until crisp, about 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining olive oil and quesadillas. Let cool slightly; cut into wedges.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the sliced onion and the avocado. Toss with the remaining lime peel, lime juice and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Serve with the quesadillas.
Tip
  • Veg Out by using a 10-ounce bag of frozen corn instead of the shrimp.
Tip
  • Pick up a bag of frozen shrimp--it's cheap and will keep for at least 3 months.
Tip
  • Save 10 minutes! Use a large griddle to cook the quesadillas all at once--just brush them first with melted butter or extra-virgin olive oil.
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