I have yet to meet a combination of ground beef and cheese that doesn’t make the people I live with extremely happy.
They are not unusual in that respect, I know, which is why tucked amidst the salad recipes and salmon dishes, I continue to pepper this blog with dishes such as One-Skillet Cheesy Beef and Macaroni and Grilled Cheeseburgers with Herb Sauce. Really, let’s hear it for ground beef. And cheese. And Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup roughly chopped spinach or baby kale
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro optional
- 4 teaspoons unsalted butter divided
- 8 8-inch flour tortillas
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
- 1 cup shredded havarti
- Guacamole, sour cream, salsa and lime wedges to serve
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, and brown the beef, breaking it up with a spoon until it is all browned and crumbly, about 5 minutes. Turn it into a colander to drain, and carefully wipe out the skillet.
Return the skillet to medium heat and add the vegetable or olive oil. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for 3 minutes until the onion starts to soften. Add the tomato paste, spinach, garlic and chili powder and stir for another minute until the spinach is wilted and everything is well combined. Return the beef to the skillet and stir until everything is blended. Stir in the cilantro if using, turn the mixture into a bowl, and wash and dry the skillet (or grab a new skillet).
Combine the cheddar and havarti in a bowl. Place the skillet over medium heat and add a half teaspoon of butter. Place a tortilla in the pan. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over half of the quesadilla, and distribute 1/8 of the beef mixture over the cheese. Top that with another 2 tablespoons of the shredded cheese. Flip the bare half of the tortilla over the filling, cover the pan, and sauté for about 2 minutes until the bottom is golden and the cheese has started to melt, then use a spatula to flip the half-moon quesadilla, and continue to cook, uncovered, until all of the cheese is melted and the underside is browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove the quesadilla to a cutting board and let the quesadilla sit for a minute before you slice into 2 or 3 wedges. Repeat until all of the quesadillas are cooked. Serve with guacamole, salsa, sour cream and lime wedges.
Valentine’s Day is on Monday and while I am sure most men look at it as a day to buy a stuffed animal from the gas station and have a guarantee of getting lucky that night, it may not be as easy as they think. If you are a man or know have one in your life, you may want to share these Valentine’s Day gift don’ts with them to make sure there is only love and no fighting this year!
1. Lingerie – Really guys? Who is this gift truly for? Unless your wife or girlfriend is super hot, it is more likely this gift will just make her more self conscious and make you sleep on the couch.
2. A Trip to a Fast Food Restaurant – Nothing says don’t do me like fast food. Spend a little extra and treat her to a nice meal instead. Or better yet, put forth the effort and make it yourself.
3. Scratch Off Tickets – Actually, these could turn out good sometimes, if you can get her to actually scratch them off before kicking you out. Rest assured though, if she doesn’t get lucky, neither will you!
4. A Recycled Gift – These can either be gifts she has given you or ones you gave to a past love. If she finds out you recycled a gift and gave it to her, your stuff is going to be recycled at the local dump.
5. Nothing At All – This is the worst possible Valentine’s Day gift that you could give to a woman. It isn’t about the money. Even if you are broke, you can come up with an awesome gift just with your love and imagination. Giving nothing shows that you put no effort or thought into the relationship.
There you go guys, a surefire way to avoid fighting, PMS and lack of libido on Valentine’s Day. Just put a little effort into your gift giving this year and avoid gifts that are really for “you” and you will be quite pleased with the results!
Women, have any other tips for gifts that men should avoid this Valentine’s Day?