Cheesy Spinach & Bacon Quesadillas

Some nights a girl just wants to be lazy when it comes to dinner. Usually, this brings to mind the little blue box of mac & cheese that we all know so well. Or maybe slapping a slice of cheese between some bread, toasting it, and calling it a day. I wasn't in the mood for fixing dinner tonight, but I wanted something that was still just a little bit special, so I rummaged the fridge to see what I could come up.  Somehow, I ended up with a counter full of cheese, bacon, cream cheese, tortillas, and some spinach. You can’t go wrong with those ingredients, right?

This is how I ended up with Cheesy Spinach & Bacon Quesadillas. I threw some cream cheese and grated cheddar cheese in a bowl, cooked up some bacon, steamed a little spinach, and threw it all in a tortilla. After grilling both sides, the cheese was the perfect blend of gooey and melty, oozing over the bacon and spinach. This is definitely an easy, quick dinner I’ll make again.  I even got my 5 year old to eat it, after he felt reassured that the “green stuff” in his dinner wasn’t going to poison him.

The measurements are more of an approximation since I just eyed it, but you get the idea.

Cheesy Spinach & Bacon

(makes 4 quesadilla’s)    Printable Recipe

4 flour tortillas
2oz cream cheese
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup fresh spinach
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp

1. In a frying pan over medium heat, cook your bacon until crisp, drain on paper towel and set aside.

2. Mix together the cream cheese and cheddar cheese in a small bowl. Microwave on low in 10 second increments until the cheese mixture is smooth.

3. In a small pan, add about a couple teaspoons of water. Place the spinach in the pan and cook over medium heat just until the spinach starts to wilt. Remove spinach and set aside.

4. Take a tortilla and spread half of it with the cream cheese spread. Layer some spinach and a slice of bacon (broken into pieces) over the cheese spread. Sprinkle additional grated cheddar cheese on top, fold the tortilla in half and place in a hot frying pan or on a hot griddle. Cook each side about 10-15 seconds, or until it starts to get crispy and slightly blackened. Be careful, it will burn easily.

5. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or salsa.




Maureen said...

holy cow these look fantastic! I have to try them -- and I'm not afraid to fail.

I'm so glad I found your site!

Blog is the New Black said...

Did you say BACON?! ;)

Sandra said...

This sound HEAVENLY and again my mouth is watering looking at your photos!!!

So Domesticated said...

Super creative... looks fabulous!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Sounds like a perfect meal to me!!

Laurie {Simply Scratch} said...

I can pretty much taste these through the computer! Your photos are stunning!

Unknown said...

Next time you empty your fridge will you PLEASE call me over? Wow, that looks and sounds fantastic.

Dea-chan said...

With corn tortillas, if you cook one side until you see little bubbles along the edge (it'll be lightly golden) and flip it, the tortilla will often puff up into a ball. This is a properly cooked tortilla, cooked halfway and halfway. After flipping is the right time to apply toppings and fold it in half. Because the inside is warm and crispy, the cheese melts and every thing cooks beautifully.

Unknown said...

Beautiful pictures...

Stephanie said...

Yummy! Never thought to put spinach in. Going to try that next time :)

Denise said...

I love a good quesadilla and this one looks just de-li-cious!

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

There are times when I'm glad hubby is away when I see this plate of yours. They look SO good. Want to catch that melting cheese on the spinach. You say there are times when we need this? TONIGHT!

Javelin Warrior said...

Amber, I don't think I've ever seen a quesadilla I wanted to eat more! Love the colors and utter cheesiness you achieved... I have featured this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks for the inspiration

Magic of Spice said...

These look wonderful! I love the addition of cream cheese here...great idea :)

Anonymous said...

you definitely can't screw up anything with those ingredients!! but this is just amazing!

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight. It was so good I considered making myself another one. I didn't have cheddar cheese, so I did a mixture of mozzarella and monterey jack in addition to the cream cheese.

Tracy @ Daily Deal Blog said...

Simple and delicious recipe. Great post!

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