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Salsa Stoup with Avocado Smash and Double-Decker Baked Quesadillas


Salsa Stoup

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), 2 turns of pan, plus some for brushing tortillas

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 ribs celery, chopped with greens

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 can stewed tomatoes (28 ounces)

  • 1 can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or flat leaf parsley

  • 6 flour tortillas, 6-8 inches

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar, available in pouches on dairy aisle

  • 3 scallions, chopped

  • 4 ounce brick Pepper Jack or chipotle cheese, shredded, about 1 cup

  • Sour cream, to pass at table

Avocado Smash

  • 1 avocado

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 plum tomato, finely chopped


Salsa Stoup

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Heat a medium soup pot over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan and the jalapenos, bell pepper, onions, celery and garlic. Season with salt and pepper then sauté veggies 5 minutes, add tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and stock and bring soup to a bubble. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in cilantro.

Paint 1 side of 2 tortillas with EVOO and place them next to each other, oiled side down, on a large cookie sheet. Mix cheddar with scallions and divide the cheese between the tortillas evenly. Top with another tortilla and top each of those with equal amounts of Pepper Jack cheese. Set the last tortillas on top and brush tops with extra-virgin olive oil. Cook 10 minutes in the oven to melt cheese and crisp up tortillas. Cool quesadillas 5 minutes to set then cut each quesadilla into 6 pieces.

Avocado Smash

Remove 1 avocado flesh to a bowl. Add the cilantro and scallions. Pop the lime in the microwave for a few seconds. Add the juice of 1 lime, the sour cream, and season with salt and pepper. With a fork or spoon, smash up the mixture, leaving chunks for a good consistency.

Chop and seed the plum tomato and fold into avocado.

Serve bowls of stoup with 3 wedges quesadilla along side each bowlful. Pass the Avocado Smash and the sour cream for topping soup or quesadillas.