Butternut and Brie Quesadillas

New Year’s Eve is always a gamble.

When I was little, the bet was always whether or not I could keep my droopy eyes open till midnight. Middle school brought the toss up of whose parents would give them the freedom to leave the family for the night. And high school was a roll of the dice over what kind beverages would be obtainable (crappy beer vs. sparkling cider, which these days, I’d likely choose the latter).

As I entered college, the gamble became whether or not you’d have a date for the night. Which I did last year. We conveniently got into a fight just before midnight. Even with a boyfriend and confetti all around, last year’s countdown was a strike out.

This time, however, I don’t care what the night brings; it’s going to be a winner. There will be no droopy eyes, no friends stuck at home, and while I can’t promise a lack of crappy beer on site, there definitely won’t be any fighting taking place. This, and letting any other expectations walk out the door, is all I need to know that this year won’t be a gamble.

Although…just in case something does go wrong… I’ll be whipping up these Brie and Butternut Quesadillas. Because seriously, you just can’t go wrong with these. If you’ve never tried brie melted on sliced butternut squash, just removed from the oven, I recommend you do so just before assembling these. With a sprinkle of cinnamon, too. It will be a nutty, creamy, pre-New Years celebration in your mouth. For the more finger-friendly option, stick with the quesadillas. These are a crowd-pleaser that will likely set you apart at the party.

Butternut and Brie Quesadillas

Brie and Butternut Quesadillas with Sage and Shiitakes

Yield: Makes 16 wedges

Ingredients

  • - 4 (7-8 inch) whole wheat tortillas
  • -1 1/3 cup roasted butternut squash, mashed (and seasoned with S&P, if not roasted with S&P)
  • -27-30 medium shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • -24 medium sage leaves, chopped
  • -10 oz. extra soft brie
  • -Salt and pepper, to taste
  • -1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

Instructions

  1. In large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium-high. Add shiitakes and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in sage, season with salt and pepper, and continue to sauté mushrooms until tender, 3-5 minutes. Place in a bowl.
  2. Spread 1/3 cup of mashed butternut squash over half of one tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Divide shiitake/sage between tortillas on top of the squash. Thinly slice brie and cover the butternut squash half of each tortilla with the slices. Fold the unused half of each tortilla over top of the squash/mushrooms/brie.
  3. Heat the same sauté pan over medium-high. In batches, place folded tortillas onto the pan and gently press them with the top of a spatula. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until outsides are brown and cheese is melted. Cut each tortilla in half, and then in half again, so that you have four slices. Serve.
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0 Responses to Brie and Butternut Quesadillas with Sage and Shiitakes

  1. If these quesadillas are going to be at your party, I’m there!
    Nick and I hate planning for New Years. We were just talking about how we’d rather do a nice dinner then come how and have some good beer and snuggle on the couch. Lame, but…..I don’t want to spend 100 dollars to be stuck waiting for a cab and drinking crappy “all you can drink” vodka! UGh.
    Happy new year Grace :)

    • Good beer and your best pal by your side sounds like a good night to me. Just don’t fall asleep before the ball drops! Happy New Year Gina. Hope it’s a great one no matter what you end up doing!

  2. Those look lovely, lovely lovely! I’m a suck for a good quesadilla! Also, great colours :D

  3. Shanti says:

    These look amazing! Always a fan of brie and butternut squash!! You should make some and bring it MY party where crappy beer will never be present. Love you sister! ;-D

  4. herphilly says:

    These look delicious! Yum yum. Have a happy new year!

    -Emily
    http://www.herphilly.wordpress.com

  5. anerdcooks says:

    These look delicious! NYE isn’t really my thing, either. I’d rather stay home with my husband and dog and watch some movies. Maybe drink some champagne. Lame, I know. But it beats forking over a bunch of money and dealing with all the craziness. Happy new year!

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