Cooking Classics: Thai Chicken Quesadillas With Fresh Peaches

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Back-to-school was an exciting time in our household. A fresh hair style which sometimes included a wavy-good perm & a lunch outing afterwards with my mother were certainly quality moments to look forward to. Stacks of colorful, blank college ruled notebooks & a few spiffy new outfits to sport during the school year which placed the hand-me-downs on hold should prove it no surprise that heading back to the classroom ran a close second in popularity next to Christmas morning. A fresh update on a crowd pleasing supper can be just as exciting. Creating a new spin on some of your family’s most requested meals can also be a great way to use up the end-of-season summer bounty. Pesto can be prepared quickly in the food processor with just a few additional ingredients & is a mealtime lifesaver adding bold flavor with minimal effort. Substituting homegrown, roasted peanuts and local honey not only saves time but makes the traditional Italian specialty feel a little more familiar. Pairing the basil with a touch of soy sauce, fresh lime juice & crushed red pepper flakes carries it from our southern backyard to the Pacific Rim lickety split. Since the pesto delivers such big flavor, you can skip the typical tomato or mango based salsa & simply top these quick chicken quesadillas with naturally sweet, tree-ripened peaches for an effortless suppertime meal.

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makes 4 servings

Toss the diced peaches in a bit of fresh lime juice to preserve the bright color.

1/2 cup Dixie Pesto
2 {9.2-oz} packages flour tortillas
1 {8-oz} package shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
Cooking spray
Toppings: Diced fresh peaches, sliced scallions & roasted peanuts

Spread 1 tablespoon Dixie Pesto over 8 flour tortillas. Layer each tortilla evenly with 1/4 cup cheese, 1/4 cup chicken & an additional flour tortilla. Cook the tortillas, in batches, in a lightly greased large non-stick skillet over Medium heat 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Before flipping the quesadillas, coat the tortillas with a quick sweep of additional cooking spray. Cut into wedges. Serve with desired toppings.

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makes about 3/4 cup

Expect a thick consistency, perfect for spreading onto flour tortillas or hearty bread slices. If tossing with pasta or spooning over salads, stir in a little additional oil, if desired.

1 cup {about 1.5-oz} packed fresh basil leaves, blanched
2/3 cup lightly salted roasted peanuts
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp soy sauce
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Blend the basil, the peanuts, the lime juice, the oil, the honey, the soy sauce, the garlic clove & the red pepper flakes in a food processor until finely ground & relatively smooth, about 1 minute on High speed. Stop the machine a few times & scrape down the bowl sides. Use as directed.

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Some of my fondest childhood memories were created around the supper table. Mealtime was so consistent growing up, our friends would arrive about 10 minutes prior to see if an extra seat & plate were available so they could join us. Sitting down at the table with your family is one of the most important & valuable things you can do together. It’s not only a time to break bread, but a time to connect & share the things each person is experiencing in life. It’s amazing how much you can learn & help one another when a 30 minute block of focused attention on your family takes place at the end of the day.

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Prepare the quesadillas as directed.
Place on a wire rack over a half sheet pan.
Slide the pan into a 200 degree oven.
Add each quesadilla to the pan after browning in the skillet.

To save time, use a pancake griddle.
Several quesadillas can be cooked at once.

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