Mashed Sweet Potato, Apple and Cotija Quesadillas


2 cups cooked sweet potatoes, mashed, warm

2 apples, cored, peeled and sliced*

1 red onion, sliced

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

Juice and zest of 1 lime

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

6 tortillas (corn or flour)

4 ounces Cotija cheese


1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium saucepan and add onions and apples. Cook until they turn begin to brown, approximately 15-20 minutes.

2. As onions and apples cook, heat tortillas slightly in the oven (300 degrees for 10-15 minutes) or on the stove in a pan sprayed lightly with cooking spray. They should not get crispy, only warm.

3. In a small bowl, mash warm sweet potatoes, honey, 1 tablespoon butter, lime juice and zest, cumin, cilantro and red pepper flakes.

4. Spread a layer of sweet potatoes, onion-apple mixture and then crumble cheese on one half of the tortilla and fold over. (Resist the urge to overfill.) Using remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon oil, toast quesadillas on both sides until golden brown.

5. For a little added snazzle, whisk a bit of chili pepper, honey and lime juice together and drizzle on top.

*We used Fujis. A crisp, sweet apple works best.