Monday, August 11, 2008


A few years ago Cyrus brought home some fresh nopal leaves and we set them on the soil in the corner of our veggie garden. I just harvested the first leaf off of them today! I had previously refrained from any harvesting so the plants could establish a good, strong base from which to harvest future leaves.

I decided to make some quesadillas for lunch today with them.

Nopales Quesadillas!

I picked one leaf, being careful to not get poked
(but was poked anyway of course)

I shaved off all of the spines with a sharp paring knife, trimmed the outer edge, and thinly sliced them.
Then I sauteed them for about 5 minutes in a bit of grapeseed oil along with some slivered elephant garlic and white onion.

After laying some cheese in the tortillas I spooned the mixture in and threw some halved yellow pear tomatoes on top.

YUMMM Colven ate an entire quesadilla all by himself.


Marlyn said...

Oh YUM!!

I made yemista (Greek stuffed veggies) for dinner -- cross your fingers they turn out!

Anonymous said...

Wow! That looks fantastic. Now I'm totally craving a quesadilla. I may need a mid afternoon snack. Although I wish I had a nopal leaf to add to it.