Yields 1 Servings Cook Time 20 mins
AuthorCarolyn Federman

“These quesadillas are even tastier than the usual kind because they’re stuffed with cheese and fluffy scrambled eggs,” writes Berkeley author Carolyn Federman, who contributed this recipe from her book New Favorites for New Cooks (Ten Speed Press, 2018). “When I was growing up, family vacations were all about the quesadilla brunch. My dad would sneak out first thing in the morning while we slept snug in our bunks and come back to fry up fresh-caught fish alongside his famous quesadillas. Now we eat them (without the fish!) for a warm and melty lunch or brunch a couple of times a week.”

How to Make It

1

Grate cheese into a small bowl. Pull cilantro leaves from stems and chop (a little stem is okay). Curl your cilantro-holding fingers into a “claw” (with fingertips bent underneath your knuckles) to protect them as you chop.

2

Crack eggs into another small bowl, removing any shell with a spoon. Whisk in yogurt and a pinch each of salt and pepper until completely combined.

3

Heat 1 tsp. oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. It’s ready when a bead of water sizzles and evaporates immediately. When pan is hot, pour eggs in all at once and turn heat to low. Cook eggs, stirring slowly and gently but constantly, and folding eggs over on themselves, until just set (firm), about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

4

Drizzle remaining ½ tsp. oil into a large frying pan. Set over medium-high heat. When hot (oil will begin to shimmer), spread over pan with a heatproof spatula.

5

Meanwhile, rub tortillas with the lime quarter. Using the spatula, lay each tortilla flat in pan and heat until they start to soften, about 1 minute. Flip over with spatula, then sprinkle with cheese. When cheese is melty, move tortillas to a plate. Turn off stove.

6

Heap eggs on one side of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing down gently to close, and top with cilantro; add salsa if you like. Serve warm.

Ingredients

 2 oz cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
 Few sprigs cilantro
 4 large eggs
 1 tbsp plain whole-milk yogurt (not Greek-style)
 Coarse salt
 Freshly ground pepper
 1 ½ tsp extra-virgin olive oil
 2 corn tortillas
 Quarter of a lime
 Hot sauce or salsa, for serving

Directions

1

Grate cheese into a small bowl. Pull cilantro leaves from stems and chop (a little stem is okay). Curl your cilantro-holding fingers into a “claw” (with fingertips bent underneath your knuckles) to protect them as you chop.

2

Crack eggs into another small bowl, removing any shell with a spoon. Whisk in yogurt and a pinch each of salt and pepper until completely combined.

3

Heat 1 tsp. oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. It’s ready when a bead of water sizzles and evaporates immediately. When pan is hot, pour eggs in all at once and turn heat to low. Cook eggs, stirring slowly and gently but constantly, and folding eggs over on themselves, until just set (firm), about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

4

Drizzle remaining ½ tsp. oil into a large frying pan. Set over medium-high heat. When hot (oil will begin to shimmer), spread over pan with a heatproof spatula.

5

Meanwhile, rub tortillas with the lime quarter. Using the spatula, lay each tortilla flat in pan and heat until they start to soften, about 1 minute. Flip over with spatula, then sprinkle with cheese. When cheese is melty, move tortillas to a plate. Turn off stove.

6

Heap eggs on one side of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half, pressing down gently to close, and top with cilantro; add salsa if you like. Serve warm.

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