You know when you discover the simplest of ingredients make the best combinations.Like peanut butter and chocolate or tomatoes and garlic–so simple, but yet so incredible.
This quesadilla I made for lunch the other day, was just that. 4 ingredients and I was on a train full speed ahead to Flavor Town.
This baby is nothing more than an Anjou pear, sliced Gruyere cheese, Dijon mustard, and a whole wheat tortilla. I know, SO SIMPLE!! It is insane though! The bite of the crisp pear against the melted tang of the cheese coupled with a bite of Dijon–WOW!!!
So let me begin my saying you can start this quesadilla with any tortilla you prefer–gluten free, white, wheat, homemade, etc. I happened to stumble upon whole wheat tortillas that were made with just whole wheat flour, canola oil, and salt. I was in heaven, and bought out the entire store and am hoarding them in my freezer–the manager said she was unsure they were going to carry them any longer. I am devastated. I know this just means I need to continue working on perfecting a homemade tortilla, but in the meantime, I am happy to have a few packages in my freezer. (And if you are looking to avoid trans fats, which I highly recommend, corn, gluten free, or Whole Foods or Trader Joes is the way to go when buying tortillas.)
Simply slice your pear–you will only need a few slices if you are just making one. Spread a thin layer of Dijon over the entire tortilla. Layer half the tortilla with very thin slices of Gruyere, top with the sliced pears, then repeat with another thin layer of Gruyere cheese. Fold the tortilla over and place on a hot griddle frying pan, or panini press and grill until golden on both sides and the cheese is melted. Slice into wedges and serve.
If Gruyere cheese makes you nervous or you can not find, try a sharp cheddar cheese. That is sure to be delicious as well.