Every time I send a breakfast recipe into the world I do want to express the real life truth that in my house, on a school day, it’s often cereal and some cut up fruit. Sometimes oatmeal, or scrambled eggs. Do not imagine I am up with the chickens sautéing leeks for a frittata on an average Wednesday morning.
Ok, I feel better.
But when there is more time, there are really, really good breakfasts (sometimes).
This is one of many recipes that is a jumping off point for whatever moves you, a choose-your-own adventure breakfast. We love these kinds of customizable recipes in my family—everyone gets their own personalized version of a dish, sometimes being inspired by someone else’s choices (“hey, I want salsa on mine, too!”), sometimes being a little intentionally controversial (“what’s wrong with hummus in a quesadilla?”).
Very flexible, and a hell of nice way to start the day.Tweet This
Start with scrambled eggs when thinking about the filling—then the sky is the limit in terms of what you might add—a bit of cheese (more protein!), all kinds of vegetables, maybe herbs or spices, perhaps some bacon or sausage (try some of the leaner turkey or chicken varieties. Those so inclined have many vegetarian options of breakfast meats at their disposal).
Leftovers in the fridge? Oh my yes, add those right in—some sautéed spinach or other greens, some cooked beans, or roasted squash or shredded pulled pork. Everything can find its way into a breakfast quesadilla. And actually these might be easy enough to pull together on a weekday, but hey are surely festive enough for a weekend.
Do take a stroll down the tortilla aisle. So many types available today (tomato, spinach, whole grain, gluten-free)—a great way to provide additional variety in this recipe, not to mention fun splashes of color.
- 6 teaspoon unsalted butter approximately
- Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 8 large eggs
- 4 8-inch tortillas any flavor/type
- ½ cup shredded cheese such as cheddar, Monterey jack, Pepper jack, provolone or a Mexican blend, or crumbled feta
- Diced avocados or guacamole
- Diced tomatoes
- Sliced olives
- Crumbled cooked turkey bacon or turkey or chicken sausage
- Black or kidney beans drained and rinsed
- Minced onions raw or sautéed
- Minced bell peppers
- Raw or sautéed spinach
- Chopped scallions
- Minced bell peppers raw or sautéed
- In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with salt and pepper. Melt 2 teaspoons of the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in the eggs, and scramble them, stirring occasionally but letting the bottom set a bit in between stirs. Stop just barely before they are done to your liking, as they will continue to cook in the quesadilla, and scoop them into a plate.
- Wipe out the skillet, and then heat it again over medium high heat. Melt 1 teaspoon of the butter in the skillet, then place one of the flour tortillas in the skillet. Place 1/4 of the scrambled eggs one half of the tortilla, and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of shredded or crumbled cheese over the eggs. You can either call it a day and fold the bare half of the tortilla over the filling, or sprinkle over any of the suggested toppings. Use a spatula to fold the bare half of the tortilla over the filling, and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until the bottom of the quesadilla is golden brown. Use the spatula to flip the quesadilla over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the other side is golden brown. Slide from the pan onto a plate, cut into thirds. Repeat with the remaining, butter, tortillas, eggs and desired fillings, and serve each one hot.
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