Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Peanut Barbecue Quesadilla (Frugal Food Thursday)

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This summer, my daughters and I have enjoyed watching the Nickelodeon show "Figure It Out." It's a game show similar to "What's My Line" or "I've Got a Secret." Kids come on the show with a special skill or secret of some sort, and a celebrity panel from Nickelodeon shows tries to guess their secret.  (The celebrities and the contestant can also get slimed.  This is Nickelodeon, after all.)

A couple of weeks ago, there was a contestant named Mallory whose secret was "Won National Peanut Butter Sandwich Recipe Contest." She then demonstrated her recipe, P-Nutty BBQ Chicken Quesadillas, for the audience.

When my youngest daughter (who loves to cook and aspires to own a restaurant when she grows up) saw this, she said, "Mom, we have to try that!"

So I did a little research.  I found that the contestant was Mallory Russell, 8, of Hilton Head, South Carolina.  She had won the Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest.  Here is her original recipe

(Is your child interested in entering this year's contest?  Go to for the official rules.)

For our version, we left off the chicken, as I don't combine meat and cheese in the same meal.  We also left out some of the ingredients my daughter found objectionable: the green onions and the cilantro. (Mallory must be less picky than my daughter!)  And I used items we had in the house - lemon juice instead of lime juice, smaller 6-inch tortillas instead of larger ones and shredded cheddar instead of a Mexican blend.  The ingredients were purchased cheaply, either at ALDI or on sale at Publix with coupons.

Here's the recipe:

(Based on a recipe by Mallory Russell)

2 tbsp peanut butter
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
4 6-inch tortillas
1/2 cup shredded cheddar, divided
2 tbsp sweet corn kernels
2 tbsp chopped tomato
sour cream and chopped tomato for garnish

In a small bowl, mix the peanut butter, barbecue sauce, and  lemon juice together until well combined.

Spread the peanut butter mixture on four tortillas.  Sprinkle 1/4 of the shredded cheddar on two of the tortillas.  Add half the sweet corn and tomato to each of the two tortillas.  Cover with the rest of the cheddar.  Take the other two tortillas with peanut sauce on them and put on top of the tortillas with the fillings.

Microwave each tortilla sandwich on high for 45 seconds, or until the cheese is melted.  Cut into four quarters and garnish with the sour cream and chopped tomato.

Makes 2 servings.

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mjskit August 23, 2012 at 12:09 AM  

What a unique quesadilla! Love the addition of peanut butter with the BBQ sauce. Thanks for hosting!

Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen August 23, 2012 at 7:44 AM  

Thanks for hosting! I shared a meal planning tip & recipe roundup this week which includes a linky for those wanting to share their best tips or recipes for Back to School Time.

Ann Kroeker August 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM  

That sounds sort of, what, Indonesian? Thai? How did you like it?

I love trying out new flavor combinations and discovering that they worked. This sounds like it really might work well and be delicious!

Thanks for coming back to Food on Fridays, now that I'm alive and kickin'!

Have a great weekend,

Jenni@MomEssentials.Net August 26, 2012 at 1:22 AM  

Thanks for letting me share my own recipe of healthy, tasty and delicious Mildly Spicy Strawberry JalapeƱo Freezer Jam!

Here’s the link:

Joanna August 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM  

This looks really good! I recently posted a non-traditional quesadilla recipe, too. French Onion Quesadillas! Yum!

Kelli Becton August 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM  

thanks for linking with Kids in the KItchen- we are happy to have you- pinned and shared!

Adelina Priddis August 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM  

Thanks for the linky. These quesadillas look...interesting, lol. I'm not too picky, but I do prefer my peanut butter with jam. Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday!

Shatzi LoveandLaundry August 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM  

I love peanutty food. I've never thought to combine it with barbecue sauce. Yum! Thanks for sharing at our Weekend Wonders Link Party. Hope to see you again tonight!

Earning-My-Cape August 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM  

How fun to make something you and your daughter saw on tv!
My 7 year old aspires to be a chef... she has asked to make spaghetti tacos from iCarly... we haven't done it yet. lol
Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

April @ The 21st Century Housewife August 30, 2012 at 5:03 AM  

There's lots of wonderful flavours in this quesadilla - it must have been lots of fun developing the recipe with your daughter!

Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures September 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM  

Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes September 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM  

I love that quesadillas are so easy and can easily be customized! Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share this tomorrow!

Chaya September 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM  

This sounds interesting and I am debating what it tastes like. I would be glad to try it.

This is being featured, this week, at the Recipe Box.

I may not be linking up until after the holidays and I am talking about Succos. With school starting, I will be happy, getting my own linkys out. My classroom is almost set up, so that is a step in the right direction.

Happy holidays to you and yours.

jopb February 1, 2014 at 6:18 PM  

I can see why this recipe won. It is a very unique quesadilla and should taste great

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