This is one of my favorite appetizers! The combination of mild brie with the sweetness of the papaya or mango makes a winning combination. You can make the Papaya/Mango mixture ahead of time and even have the tortillas layered with Brie slices, so you’re ready to bake when guests arrive.
Brie and Papaya (or Mango) Quesadillas
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 Papaya, peeled seeded and diced ** (or Mango)
1 Jalapeno Chili Pepper, seeded & minced
1/2 bunch of Cilantro, stemmed and minced
Juice of 2 Limes
4 large Flour Tortillas (or whole wheat)
10 oz. Brie Cheese, rind removed & thinly sliced
2 Tbs. Butter
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1. Soak the sliced onions in a small bowl of water for 20 minutes. Drain well and pat dry. In a medium bowl, combine the onion, papaya (and/or mango), chili and cilantro. Add the lime juice and gently stir.
2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lay the tortillas on a baking sheet. Place slices of the Brie on one half of each tortilla. Evenly divide the papaya mixture over the Brie slices. Fold each tortilla in half.
3. Melt the butter in a small ramekin in the microwave. Add the olive oil. Brush the top of each quesadilla with the butter mixture. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes. Turn the quesadilla over and brush the other side with the butter mixture. Bake 5 to 7 minutes longer, or until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are lightly browned.
4. Cut each quesadilla into 3 pieces and serve warm.
- ** I often substitute Mango for Papaya … or even combine Mango & Papaya for this recipe. I like the sweetness of mango with the onion and Brie.
- If I’m making just one or two quesadillas, I will cook them in a skillet instead of baking them in the oven. I omit the butter and olive oil and just make them nice and crunchy on the outside.