Pizzadillas! What happened when pizza and quesadilla met and fell in love? Pizzadillas were born! Lots of pizza goodness stuffed into a quesadilla!
I’m no fan of football so I can safely say that Super Bowl is not my thing. Though I do love watching the commercials during the Super Bowl and hey, I’m up for any excuse to eat snacks and make some yummy appetizers. Although I don’t like American football, probably because I don’t really understand it, I am a somewhat fan of soccer, and I say somewhat because I only like to watch it during the World Cup. I remember when my sister and I were younger, and I’m talking World Cup 1994, stop calculating my age, and there was a game in Detroit, Romania vs Sweden I think it was. Well we had tickets, and we were so proud, being Romanian, though I think they lost then, but nonetheless it was a great experience to go to a World Cup game, so much fun.
The games didn’t stop there, though. During that time we lived in a really cool neighborhood, you know those kind where they have street parties all the time and every one knows everybody, everybody gets together either in the middle of the street or in someone’s backyard to watch the World Cup games. And during these parties you could invite your friends so as you can imagine there were lots of people, eating, dancing, yelling and screaming at the games, and just having a good old time. I really do miss that neighborhood. My point is that summer of ’94 was a lot of fun. My sister is a really huge soccer fan, and I mean the kind that jumps up and down and screams and yells. During one of these parties, she was watching the game in our backyard, these were the days of the CRT TVs, kids if you don’t know what those are just forget about it, there were a bunch of us, boyfriends, neighbors and friends. Well something happened, someone scored or something, because my sister started jumping up and down and screaming like hell and when she sat back down she broke the chair, that’s how excited she was. Well it was funny at the time, especially in front of everyone. Later that summer at another street party, one of my university professors showed up, not invited by me, apparently he was friends with a neighbor. Needless to say, the professor got drunk and started singing karaoke, “Hit me with your best shot!” by Pat Banatar. I have to say I never looked at that professor the same. That was a great summer.
But enough going down memory lane. The point is appetizers are great at these parties. So here’s a great idea for you pizza and quesadilla lovers. Combine the two together and you get pizzadillas. It’s like you’re killing two birds with one stone. I made these quite simple, just a pepperoni pizza with some green peppers, but I did use lots of cheese. I used some fresh mozzarella cheese and some bocconcini. I like my pizza cheesy, what can I say.
If you have a panini maker you can use that to make these quesadillas, otherwise just a regular skillet would work just fine. However, don’t make the same mistake I did. For the first quesadilla I forgot to spray oil on the panini maker so my first quesadilla stuck really bad. Spray your skillet or panini maker, trust me. But when they’re done, you’ll be so happy. If you’re brave and like a little heat, you could add a bit of hot sauce like a Sriracha sauce and that will kick it up a notch, for sure.
PS. The way I look at this is that this is like eating a healthy pizza, because there’s not a lot of doughy dough, just a thin tortilla, so have at it.
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- 4 large flour tortillas
- 4 pepperoni sticks sliced thinly
- 1/2 green bell pepper chopped
- 4 tbsp pizza sauce store bought
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
- 12 baby bocconcini balls cut in slices
- 3 leaves basil chopped
- extra pizza sauce for dipping
Preheat your panini maker and spray it with some cooking oil. If using a skillet, spray with cooking oil and heat it.
Spread 1 tbsp of pizza sauce over half a tortilla. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Top with 1/4 of the pepperoni slices and 1/4 of the chopped green peppers. Top with 1/4 of the bocconcini, I used about 3 sliced baby bocconcini per pizzadilla. Flip over the other half of the tortilla to form half a circle and press down.
You can use a panini press to grill the quesadilla, otherwise place the quesadilla in the prepared skillet and grill it on both sides until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Repeat with remaining tortillas and ingredients.
Cut each pizzadilla in half and garnish with chopped basil. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.