Sunday, September 27, 2009

Slow Travel Sunday Small Bites: SSB Week # 4 - Avocado

This week's ingredient is Avocado and it was selected by fellow Slow Traveler, AnnieNC, Churches in Venice. Thank you Annie for selecting this great ingredient. It is one of my favorites!

I decided to go with a recipe that I found on the Epicurious website. It is a recipe for a Ripe Olive and Avocado Quesadilla. Since I love avocados and I love quesadillas, I thought this was a fabulous and yet easy appetizer recipe to try. This was my first time making a Quesadilla and I have to say that I really loved it!


a 6-ounce can pitted ripe black olives (about 1 1/3 cups)
1 firm-ripe California avocado
1 small red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro sprigs
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
four 6- to 7-inch flour tortillas
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups grated pepper Jack cheese (about 5 ounces) (I used regular Jack Cheese)


Drain olives well and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Halve, pit, and peel avocado and finely chop avocado and bell pepper. In a bowl stir together olives, avocado, bell pepper, cilantro, onion, and lime juice.

Preheat broiler.

Put tortillas on a large baking sheet and brush tops with oil. Broil tortillas 2 to 4 inches from heat until pale golden, about 45 seconds. Turn tortillas over and broil until pale golden. Sprinkle tortillas evenly with pepper Jack and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 30 seconds. Divide olive mixture among tortillas and cut each tortilla into 4 wedges. (I used the large tortillas which made two and then cut them into 6 wedges each)

For more Sunday Small Bites (SSB) recipes, visit the Slow Travel Webiste.


  1. YUM! Kathy, I just finished eating dinner but your photo is making my mouth water anyway. I'm going to put the ingredients for this on my shopping list and make it soon. It really looks great, and easy is good in my book. :)

    You found another good one this week. Hope you've had a nice weekend!

  2. Hi Annie, I'm glad you liked my dish. I really loved your salsa too. I definitely want to try making it soon. Avocado is one of my favorite ingredients. Thank you so much for selecting it for this week's ingredient.

    I had a very nice weekend. I hope you had a wonderful weekend too! Have a great evening.

  3. I like quessadillas and I love avocados... so I want to make this soon.

    Thank you for sharing.. Mine is finally up - in my usual late fashion... :)

  4. Hi Eden, thanks for your comments. If you love quesadillas and avocados I think you will really like this dish too! :)

    Thanks and have a great day!

  5. This looks and sounds so good that I can almost taste this yummy quesadilla! I love eating them but for some strange reason don't make them that often. I will make this one soon, since I have all the ingredients at hand.

    Hope you had a great weekend. I went to the high country to stay in a cabin with my daughter. We saw some trees beginning to turn a beautiful golden color.

  6. Hi Maria, thank you for liking my quesadilla. I've had them at restaurants but have never tried making them before. I liked it. I hope you will like it too.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with your daughter. I love the fall colors on the trees! Beautiful!

    Thanks so much again for your comments and have a great evening.


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