Monday, May 5, 2008

Cinco de Mayo

My Cinco de Mayo menu tonight consists of Crock Pot Carnitas topped with Guacamole & Cheese, Calabacitas

and this sweet finish...

Shelly's Banana Quesadillas

1/3 cup Ricotta Cheese
2 oz. Cream Cheese. softened
1 Tablespoon SF Torani Syrup (I used SF Caramel)
1 ripe Banana, mashed
dash of cinnamon
2 Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Fajita Size Tortillas
1 teaspoon Butter (or non-stick spray)
2 Tablespoons SF Caramel sauce, warmed (I used Smucker's)

In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cheeses until smooth. Add the syrup, banana, and a dash of cinnamon and continue to beat until smooth. Spread the filling over half of each tortilla. Fold the other half over the filling and press slightly. Refrigerate until the filling sets, about 15 minutes. Spread butter on each quesadilla (or spray pan with non stick oil spray) and grill until golden. Nuke the caramel sauce for 25 seconds. Drizzle the warm caramel over each quesadilla. Makes 2.

This filling is great to eat as is but it takes on a whole new life warmed. It's like stuffed french toast meets crepe meets flan.

FYI: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day (that's September 16th) it actually commemorates the Battle of Puebla, a victory over the French. They don't really celebrate it in Mexico. Americans have made it a celebration of Mexican culture and food (and cerveza.)

I owe my life to Mexico (awesome Mexican doctors, nurses, and hospitals) so any chance I get to celebrate that country and it's people I will. I so need a vacation in Mexico that does not involve stitches and drains.

Here's a little known fact about me: one of my dreams is to go to the Mariachi festival held each year in Guadalajara. I love Mariachi. Anyone want to join me?. The first round of tequila shots are on me.

More Eggface Mexican favorites:

Shelly's Beef Fiesta Bites
Shelly's Mexican Lasagna
Shelly's Chili Relleno Casserole with Chicken
Taco Salad


Barb Del Piano said...

Beef Fiesta Bites...My Fav's! I'll do the beef on the grill! Me you and Teo in Guadalajara AWESOME PLACE,Thanks for the tour! Did you know that Elvis Presley sand a song called Guadalajara?? ~Me.

jeri said...

I love your banana quesadillas-I made the filling last night and love the taste--I have a question- I'm counting carbs and I'm wondering if you have ever made this filling with just Davinci's banana flavored syrup or some kind of flavor drop instead of the banana. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It is delicious.

Michelle said...


I did not know that re: Elvis. I want a copy. Is it on your song list? Now it has to be!!!


Hey Jeri,

I have not tried the Banana Davinci Syrup yet.

I'm a total carb-o-phobe too but I figure the nutrition in a banana far outweighs the carb issue.

:) So glad you enjoy ed it.