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I made a trip to the incredible Super King yesterday & now I have more cheese & produce than I know what to do with. A HUGE shopping cart full of awesomeness for $135. But I live alone & usually eat alone – so getting through all that before it spoils will be a challenge. Still – it is worth noting that I bought three bunches of curly kale there for .99 cents. They cost $2.50 a bunch at Gelson’s. So – $1 or $7.50? Which sounds better to you? Or – those little plastic containers of cherry or grape tomatoes? Between $5-$7 at Gelson’s – for ONE. Same thing at Super King? SEVENTY-NINE CENTS! So – with just those purchases – I saved at least $10. At least. On one package of cherry tomatoes & three bunches of kale. I saved ten dollars. I wince to imagine what the contents of my $135 cart would cost at Gelson’s! I bought a one-pound wedge of Ricotta Salata for about $6.50. I got that grillable cheese – Halloumi – that I blogged about HERE – see? YUM!
Anyway – they had several brands to chose from ranging in price from $3.50 – $9. Gelson’s has only one kind and I think it costs $11. So – you get my point.
Yesterday – I was bizarrely pleased to see they had squash (zucchini) blossoms for sale again at $1.49 a bunch. Bizarrely – because I already posted a fried zucchini blossom recipe last week and, frankly, I don’t know what you can do with them beyond that.
Still – I bought two bunches. Then I came up with a few ideas. Quesadillas! I have quesadillas on the brain. And pizza! Pizza with squash blossoms – coming soon!
So – this is a simple & beautiful quesadilla using fresh squash blossoms. They are very delicately flavored so I opted for the mild fresh mozzarella cheese rather than the fontina I was considering. You might want to try a different cheese. I added tomato for color & jalapeno for color & flavor & this guy was yummy! I hope you try it!
Squash (Zucchini) Blossom Quesadilla
6 or so squash blossoms – stem & pistils removed (the pistil is that little furry candy corn thing growing in the center)
some sliced mozzarella
some diced tomato
some diced jalapeno
Heat a dry pan or prep a grill pan with cooking spray. Heat it up. Assemble your quesadilla. Cook it on both sides until the cheese is melted & the outside looks browned.
Eat that delicate motherfucker. Know satisfaction.