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Ham and Cheese Quesadillas with Pickled Jalapeños
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In Mexico, these quesadillas are known as sincronizadas, which translates as “synchronized”—an apt description for salty ham and melty cheese sandwiched between toasted tortillas. For assembly, we prefer to toss together shredded cheese and chopped ham, then distribute the mixture among the tortillas. Made this way, the quesadillas hold together better than if the fillings are simply layered on. Feel free to include other add-ins if you like, such as sautéed onions or mushrooms or cooked black beans. Flour tortillas work best, as corn tortillas turn brittle when toasted.
ounces cheddar OR Muenster cheese OR a combination, shredded (2 cups)
ounces thinly sliced deli ham, chopped
01In a medium bowl, stir together the cheese, ham, pickled jalapeños and their brine, cilantro, cumin and ½ teaspoon pepper. Spread half the filling evenly over 1 tortilla. Lay another tortilla on top and press together firmly. Repeat with the remaining filling and tortillas.
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