No-dish stoner cooking: "Taco Bell" quesadillas

Guestpost by Dootsie Bug on Sep 26th

I've determined that Taco Bell's quesadilla is the universal food. I don't know anyone who doesn't admit to nomming the shit out of one of those beasties at three in the morning (except maybe someone who is allergic to the components… but even some of those people still do). They're simple, they're easy-to-handle, they're filling. They're also expensive, as fast food goes.

My boyfriend pointed out the Taco Bell Bold and Creamy Spicy Ranchero sauce at our local grocery, but I insisted it had to be different than the magically delicious stuff in the real thing. As he pointed out, "Why would they develop an entirely new sauce to bottle and sell?" (On tasting it, I'm not certain it's exactly the same, but the taste is close enough for approval.) We snagged it, some tortillas and some shredded Mexican cheese blend. As my boyfriend pointed out, we got the stuff for 8+ quesadillas at the price of two through the drive-thru.

He also proposed this "no-dish" cooking method, which uses ZERO DISHES in preparation. I was skeptical at first. But the prospect of not dirtying a single dish to make dinner intrigued me.

The customization options for this dish are very real. Adding a protein would likely encroach on the no-dish idea, but would be welcome. Just be sure they're warm when they go in to ensure the cheese melts. And speaking of, you can probably sub in gluten-free tortillas or non-dairy cheese. The sauce could be homemade or omitted entirely. YAY OPTIONS.

This method only works for people with electric stoves. Gas users, you'll have to crack out a skillet. Please exercise due caution when dealing with your hot stove, folks.

What you'll need:

Step 1: Lay a square of aluminum foil over your oven's big burner — no need to press down or anything. Turn the burner to medium.

Step 2: Lay out a whole tortilla. Sprinkle cheese over half, careful not to use too much or get to close to the edge, on account of meltage. Spread a bit of the sauce on the other half, then fold the tortilla to make a lovely half moon.

Step 3: Put it on the burner. Your cooking time will vary. Peek under (careful not to burn your fingers) to watch for the surface to get that lovely brown crispiness you'd expect from a Taco Bell quesadilla. Turn, admiring the lovely half-circle pattern your burner put on the tortilla.

Step 4: When the other side is crisped, remove from the burner and cut. Ta-da!

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Dootsie Bug is a magazine layout queen/editor from Central Kentucky. Aside from being totally officious, Dootsie enjoys staring at her cat and pretending to be a knitter.