Summer Quesadilla De Marisco: stuffed with fresh avocado slices, shrimp, melted Havarti dill cheese and green chilies. Perfection.
Today we’re talkin’ about a seafood quesadilla like you’ve never tasted before. This one’s light and fresh, says summer.
Makes a great main dish meal or appetizer. I have to tell you the story about the night I first tasted this Summer Quesadilla De Marisco. Because, well, that’s what I do. Tell stories. And if you don’t want to hear, skip down.
But I don’t recommend it. The story is part of the experience.
So here goes. It was our 22nd anniversary last week. And Jon and I were going to go out and celebrate at one of our favorite restaurants downtown Cotton. We had a gift certificate, were looking forward to an evening out.
It’s been super busy around here (understatement) and Jon and my biggest guys were headed to Romania on a missions trip in just a few days. So this was our big night out.
So about a 1/2 hour before we leave to go, it occurs to me I should call, make sure we don’t need a reservation. I doubt we do, it’s a Monday night, but just in case. So I ring up, get an automated recording that says they are closed from Monday blah blah blah until after July 4th for restaurant upgrades and renovation. So my heart sinks and suddenly our plans change. Disappointing.
And all I can say is, there better be a significant upgrade or renovation going on at that Cotton.
Then Jon remembers we have a gift certificate in a back drawer to a Mexican restaurant, Hermanos Cocina Mexicana. He won a raffle at the New Life Home golf benefit last year. Well, I’m a little leery of going to a Mexican restaurant for our 22nd anniversary. It might be loud and fast paced. It could work, but I’m nervous it’s a dive.
So we check it out online and it looks nice. We get there, they ask if we’d like to sit downstairs in the restaurant or upstairs in the lounge with live music. We’re no fools, so we climb two sets of stairs, round the corner and find jazz. Two white haired, talented men on piano and sax.
Yeah, we’re still in a Mexican restaurant. The menu’s different. The music’s different. The atmosphere’s different. It’s quiet, peaceful. Not your typical Mexican chain restaurant. So if you need a Mexican restaurant in Concord, NH, we highly recommend Hermano’s Cocina Mexicana.
The salsa was fresh to order and both our dinners were fantastic. My Summer Quesadilla De Marisco was so delicious that I’m sharing it with you here.
Layer all filling ingredients on half the wrap. Fold wrap over, and cook on both sides on medium heat ’til golden.
Summery Quesadilla De Marisco
- 1 - 7 ounce can chopped green chilies
- 8 ounces fully cooked salad shrimp peeled, tail off, thawed
- 1 package 10 " round wraps I used sun-dried tomato basil or 10 " round flour tortillas
- 2 avocados cut in thin slices
- 8 ounces Boar's Head Cream Havarti Cheese w/Dill thinly sliced
- Sour cream or Greek yogurt
- Optional: chopped green onions lettuce and tomatoes
- Heat skillet or griddle on medium heat.
- Place 4 wraps/tortillas on cooking pan.
- Fill half of each wrap/tortilla with sliced cheese, salad shrimp, avocado slices and green chilies.
- Fold wrap/tortilla in half, covering the filling.
- Cook over heat until golden underneath and cheese is melting, 2-3 minutes.
- Flip and cook on the other side 'til golden, another 2-3 minutes.
- Serve with sour cream or Greek yogurt atop a bed of chopped lettuce and tomatoes.
- Sprinkle with chopped green onions.
So I looked up the term de marisco because I never took Spanish. I was a French girl. And what Jon seems to remember from his middle school Spanish days is confined to blah blah blah el bano.
Something about where’s the bathroom. I’m sure that’s an all important phrase at the necessary time but doesn’t help us now. Google translate says de marisco = seafood, so there you go. A summery seafood quesadilla. 🙂
After our delightful dinner, we have about ten minutes to sneak into Marshalls before they lock the doors and I find these funky sandals. Yeah. It gets better. Made in Italy. Stacked heels.
Even better. On clearance. So now I know why Cotton was closed for us tonight. Because we were supposed to have a romantic evening at the lovely Hermanos Mexicana Cocina, be inspired by my delicious entree, Summer Quesadilla De Marisco.
And snag that pair of Italian leather sandals on clearance. Doesn’t get much better.
So if you see me around town kicking up my heels, now you know why.
Enjoy your quesadilla with a delicious Blueberry Basil Mojito
Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek says
Wow, good food and cute shoes at a great price. Much cuter than my cowboy boots. 🙂
I love cowboy boots Karen. I have a pair of Fryes. (And they’re not cheap!)
Happy anniversary! We got Mexican take out from a new-to-us dive to celebrate ours over the weekend. Not as romantic watching a movie with the kids, but fun nonetheless.
I like the inspiration to try recreating dishes at home. While on vacation last month we ate scrumptious chiles relleno in Cody, Wyoming that I will be recreating when the Hatch chiles arrive. I’ve tasted that dish in 3 restaurants in 3 states in the past few weeks and think I’m ready.
And you make me want to go pick up Havarti–it melts so nicely!
Happy belated anniversary Kirsten! I’ve never had chiles relleno, but now I want to! Looking forward to your recipe!
22 yearS?! That is amazing, congrats! You guys definitely made the right dinner choice, the experience sounds fab and this dish looks amazing!
Thank you Kim!
Aunt Margie says
It’s early here, more company’s coming, and now I have another superb supper idea from you! Thanks, honey! I’m chugging along as you serve me weekly, body and soul.
[email protected]+A+Mind+Full+Mom says
Happy Anniversay! I love to celebrate with Mexican and great deal on the shoes!
C’est la meilleure quesadilla que je ne jamais vu!! J’adore de mettre de “marisco” dans ta recette !
Yankee Kitchen Ninja (Julianne) says
When one door closes, another one opens. AND THERE WERE CLEARANCE SHOES!!!! Hot damn.
Yes Jules, CLEARANCE is a beautiful word….:)
Barbara Child says
A belated happy anniversary! Sounds like you had a fabulous time at a new place. Nice surprise!
Thanks Barbara! If I don’t see you before, have a wonderful trip in Ireland!!! Excited for you.
Dear Allie, life doesn’t get much better than that. Everything fell into place as it usually does because everything happens for a reason. Sounds like a wonderful evening and these quesadillas look delish! I would love this for dinner tonight. Love the sandals too…absolutely fabulous! xo, Catherine
Thanks Catherine…such a special evening….XO
Susie Mandel says
I agree with Catherine, and I love it when an evening turns out like that. Love the sandals, too!!
Cute heels! I love those. And these quesadillas sound wonderful. I love fish tacos so I feel like these would be right up my alley!
Lisa Huff @ Snappy Gourmet says
Love that you used Havarti! One of my fave cheeses and such a great idea to use it in a quesadilla. Yum!
Amy Stafford says
I love quesadillas and yours is gorgeous. Can’t wait to try the recipe.
Jessica @ JessicaNWood.com says
I LOVE when restaurants we aren’t sure about turn out to be amazing little gems. The sad fact of my life is that my husband doesn’t like Mexican food and I could eat it every single day. BUT I think he would like these summer quesadillas, so they are going on the menu at our house.
Christy Smith says
Love the last line of your blog post today! Clever cat! The Italian heels for $14 rock!! The quesadilla looks like it does too. Your stories are one of the most looked forward to parts of my day. 🙂
I take after my clever California cousin in the Clever Cat Department…love you cousin! I know you’ll love these quesadillas!
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says
Allie – Sorry to hear that your plans didn’t turn out the way that you expected, but at least you got to try a new restaurant. It even inspired you to create this delicious quesadilla. 🙂 It’s amazing that you’ve been married for 22 years. You don’t look a day over thirty!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
It was fate! You got a great recipe idea, and a new pair of cool sandals! What could be better than that?! We’re big quesadilla fans…this looks so yummy!
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says
These look wonderful. Happy anniversary!
Meg @ With Salt and Wit says
Happy belated Anniversary! And I can only imagine the heartache when you realized your desired restaurant was closed. I get so excited for a certain dining experience that I am seriously heartbroken when plans change and no other restaurant will do. Bit dramatic, huh?! But look at this delicious quesadilla that came out of that little detour?! Right up my alley!
Carina Spring says
Happy anniversary! I love serendipitous events like that. Everything sounds like it fell so beautifully into place. I love restaurants with a charming ambiance and lovely live music. The quesadilla looks great. My son LOVES shrimp, so this is a must-try recipe at our home. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I’ve been there, excellent food! Glad you enjoyed your anniversary and great new shoes. Love Marshay’s!!lol
Hey thanks D! What would we do without Marshay’s and Tarjay?