Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Addiction warning.

This quesadilla is the most popular menu item at The Garden Grille. We frequent the Garden Grille (can now even walk there from our new apartment!) and have stopped in to satisfy our quesadilla craving during brunch, lunch, and dinner, in all seasons, and in all weather. I'd say 1/3 of the cafe patrons order and gobble down this little (okay not so little) toasty gem.

And it's the perfect snack for a pregnant lady who enjoys hot melty goodness (preferably topped with hot sauce).

It's very simple:
Whole wheat tortillas *if GF, use your favorite GF tortilla
Grated jack cheese (or whatever you like, cheddar would be good!)
Ripe avocado, cubed
Black beans, rinsed
1 butternut squash, roasted (sliced into 1/2" cubes, tossed in olive oil, salt & pepper - roasted at 425 for 30 minutes or until soft and slightly brown around the edges)
Hot sauce

Once all the ingredients are ready, line up the tortillas in a quesadilla assembly line!
Top the full tortilla with cheese then sprinkle the avocado chunks, beans, and squash onto one side. Here's the trick - do not fold the tortilla yet. Place the flat quesadilla on a baking sheet and in a 400 degree oven for a few minutes, until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crisp (we've always wondered how the Garden Grille makes theirs so crispy, this is it!).

Once it is ooey and gooey, take it out of the oven, fold in half and cut into wedges. Eat with fresh salsa (my favorite is Trader Joe's Salsa Authentica) and a good shake of your favorite hot sauce (ours is Cholula).


  1. Those look and sound soo yummy!

  2. Your quesadilla looks amazing and I can't wait to try making it! Thanks so much for sharing. I also noticed on their menu the FALAFEL WRAP. I was wondering if you tried this and if you would suggest this one too?

    Thanks again and look forward to reading more!

  3. Thanks! Yes I've tried the falafel wrap too (come to think of it...maybe I've tried everything!). It's good but not one of my favorites - the mushroom seitan burger is also amazing!

  4. This sounds divine! Can I ask what Jack cheese is? We are dairy free but I could probably try goat feta...

  5. Hi Michelle! By Jack cheese I mean Monterey Jack but really any tasty melty cheese will work. Give goat feta a try or if you have another more "melt friendly" cheese you like try that - you really can't go wrong! The only issue is that the cheese holds everything together.

    Good luck!

  6. I love the idea of using butternut squash in a quesadilla, so I can definitely see why these are so addictive!

    By the way, I know it might sound weird, but I use hummus in my quesadillas instead of cheese (since I'm vegan). It's surprisingly good, and it definitely holds everything together...

  7. Oh, my goodness! All this and Cholula, too! I have died and gone to Heaven!

  8. This quesadilla sounds yummy! I love your recipes but cannot find a way to print other than copy paste into word. Am I missing something?

  9. When I was pregnant, I went through bottles and bottles of hot sauce! Sounds weird, but it just made everything more palatable. I think my little one is going to love hot sauce early on!
    Another good binding ingredient to make these vegan is to use refried beans instead of whole ones. I also love Oasis jalepeno hummus.
    FYI, Trader Joe's has pre-cut and cleaned butternut squash, which would make this a super quick meal!

  10. MMMmm looks so good!

    Just came across your blog. It is great!

  11. Just found this recipe, tried it, and it was unanimously declared a winner by all. Yum. Can't wait for leftovers tomorrow. Thanks for the post!

  12. Thanks Olivia - I'm so glad you enjoyed them! This dinner is one of my favorites, we still eat it all the time!


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