Smoky Shrimp and Spinach Quesadillas

by jerseygirl on August 18, 2008 · 20 comments

My Olympic watching has really cut into some of my sleeping time. However, it doesn’t effect my meal time. I have been making sure that I can make some really quick dinners so we can be cleaned up and ready to watch the minute they come on.

The other night we watched and ate at the same time. I made an appetizer type dinner. These shrimp quesadillas are perfect as an appetizer or paired with a salad for a full meal. The smokiness comes from the cheese and the chipotle powder mixed in the sour cream. They are also perfect for a fall football viewing party. (Only a few more weeks away!) Enjoy!

Smoky Shrimp and Spinach Quesadillas

1/2 cup sour cream
1 lime, cut in half
1/4 tsp chipotle powder
salt (to taste)
2 TBS olive oil, plus extra for greasing the griddle
2 cloves crushed garlic
6 ounce bag baby spinach, chopped
½ cup frozen or fresh corn
12 oz cleaned, deveined shrimp(medium size)
1 TBS chili powder
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese
6 flour tortillas (6 to 7 inch size)

Mix sour cream, juice from half the lime and chipotle powder together in a medium size bowl. Add salt to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat 2 TBS oil in a large fry pan over medium high heat. Saute garlic, spinach and corn for a few minutes or until spinach is wilted. Add shrimp and chili powder. Squeeze with the juice from the remaining lime half. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, stirring occasionally.

Mix the cheese together in a bowl. Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium high heat and coat with olive oil. Lay 3 tortillas on the griddle. (Depending on how big your griddle is, you can do a few at a time.) Spoon 1/3 of the shrimp mixture on each tortilla. Cover with 1/3 of the cheese mixture. Top with another tortilla. Cook for a minute or two and flip with a spatula. Press down a bit and continue to cook until cheese is melted and tortillas start to turn golden. Repeat process with remaining tortillas. Cut each quesadilla into 6 triangles. Serve with the sour cream mixture. Makes 6 appetizer portions or 3 quesadillas.

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Amy August 18, 2008 at 5:28 pm

These look wonderful! I love quesadillas! I will be trying these soon!

Maria August 18, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Love the looks of this one! Once we are moved into our new house I am trying these! Right now the kitchen is a wreck!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen August 18, 2008 at 6:35 pm

That looks great! I always love quesadillas! Perfect for and eat and watch scenario!

Paula August 18, 2008 at 6:57 pm

What a great quesadilla recipe! Don’t you just love the outside crunch combined with the inside creamy? I like how you made the dippng sauce smokey, and with the inclusion of gouda in the filling … well you know I of course would like that!

EAT! August 18, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Delicious!! I love the addition of the spinach. I can’t wait for the Olympics to be in our time zone – this is really cutting into my beauty sleep.

Leah August 18, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Yum, Lisa! Last time I made shrimp quesadillas I was watching Brett Favre & the Packers….yours look so good tho', I might have to make them again before football season. 😉

Bridgett August 18, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Smoky shrimp quesadillas…now that sounds like a delicious dinner!

Jan August 18, 2008 at 11:42 pm

I love quesadillas, and shrimp, and spinach, so I guess you’re onto a winner here, Lisa. Looks great!

Clumbsy Cookie August 19, 2008 at 4:35 am

Lisa I love quesadillas! But it never occured to me to put spinach in them. They look great and of course shrimp makes everything special. Keep enjoying the games!

Tanya August 19, 2008 at 8:04 am

Yum! I love anything that says “smoky” with it, lol. Looks great!

Prudy August 19, 2008 at 9:16 am

Doesn’t sport watching make you extra hungry? It motivates me to exercise more but I feel like Winnie the Pooh-I improve my appetite when I exercise. These look AMAZING!

Reeni August 19, 2008 at 9:39 am

These look delicious! Three of my favorite things: spinach + shrimp + Gouda+ very yummy!

Dawn August 19, 2008 at 9:53 am

Mmmm girl you hit the nail on the head this time. Shrimp is perfect for quesadillas.
Really yummy, it’s morning right now, but I want to eat dinner now because of your pics.

kat August 19, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Oh I want one of those now!

Beth August 19, 2008 at 2:24 pm

My mouth is watering here! They look fab. Just my kind of tv watching snack!

Aggie August 19, 2008 at 6:13 pm

These look great! I love quesadillas!

I think I finally caught up last night with some sleep…the Olympics are exhausting me!

Aggie August 19, 2008 at 8:01 pm

Oh I wanted to tell you…I am having a Food and Football event (tomorrow’s post)…these would be perfect for it!

Emily August 20, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Lisa! These look soooo good! What a great spinach recipe!

~Priscilla~ August 21, 2008 at 6:44 pm

these look great! quesidillas (did i spell that right)?? are a super snack….btw, my older sister is LISA too.

HoneyB September 25, 2008 at 9:32 am

This looks SO awesome! I will have to try this one!

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