Thursday, June 7, 2012

Grilled Apple & Brie Quesadillas: Revs 2, Fire 0

The Revs match last Saturday in Foxboro vs the Chicago Fire was the sort of event only slightly crazy fans turn up for. It rained. Sideways. Pretty much all day. These things are not ordinarily conducive to standing outside for three hours and grilling food.

Well, call me crazy, but there is something really fun about braving the elements for a foul weather game. For one, I knew going into the day I'd be surrounded by good friends. We huddled under tents (thanks, Julie). We got soaked through all 4 layers of clothing. We got free hot chocolate (thanks, Julie). The Revs won!

Gee, a girl could really get used to this "winning" (or, as some might say, "#nguyening") thing the Revs sometimes do this season.

On the menu this week: Grilled apple & brie quesadillas. I served it with a spinach, strawberry, and honey roasted almond salad. Apparently, I have a sweet tooth.

If you're a novice in creative veggie grilling, quesadillas are a pretty great place to start. They're really easy to make and you can put pretty much anything that tastes good with cheese inside.

Grilled Apple & Brie Quesadillas

  2 medium onions, sliced
  1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  1/4 teaspoon sugar
  palmful of thyme
  palmful of rosemary, crushed
  1 tablespoon olive oil
  4 ten-inch tortillas
  2 medium tart apples, thinly sliced
  8 oz brie cheese, thinly sliced

1. In a small skillet over medium heat, cook the onions, vinegar, sugar, thyme and rosemary in oil for 10 minutes or until onions are soft and brown.
2. Brush one side of a tortilla with olive oil. Place, oiled side down, on heated grill. Layer apples, cheese, and spoonful of onion mixture on one side of the tortilla. Fold in half and cook until cheese is 
melted and tortilla is lightly browned.

Before I go, I have an unrelated, but very important aside to share: 

I took an adventure into East Boston to sample Lobster Rolls and fried clams at Belle Isle Seafood while my sister was visiting from out of town last week. Those of you familiar with Anthony Bordain may recall that this was the very seafood joint he visited in the Boston episode of his show, No Reservations. Our visit to Belle Isle was no accident - Chris is pretty obsessed with Anthony Bordain. It was, without a doubt, the best lobster roll I've ever had. And I got to watch planes land while I ate it!

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