Grill a cheese and pepperoni pizza quesadilla for the kids when you’re grilling steak or make a pizza quesadilla on the grill for a quick lunch!
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Anyone besides me have picky eaters in the family? My daughter, E, was always such a great eater. She’d eat anything I put in front of her.
Then along came brother. The picky one. He’s been picky from day one. I know there are people out there that think picky eating is the fault of the parent, but I always put what we’re eating in front of him. “Oh they won’t starve themselves, they’ll eat it eventually.”
Not my stubborn kid, he’d happily starve himself before eating most things. Couple this with a few tricky food allergies, and we have ourselves a headache.
So I have found myself making him something different than what we’re having. You say a lot of things before becoming a parent and in the early stages of parenting, but sometimes you just gotta go with the flow.
He still has to try whatever we’re having, and he has to eat at least one bite of it, but I always also put something on his plate that he’s going to eat. Poor kid gets deprived of cake and cookies at most parties because of his allergies, I’m not going to starve him every night at dinner.
I’m just not going to. I never go too crazy making something fancy for him, and I’m definitely not a short order cook. Sometimes he’ll eat half of his grilled cheese or whatever and ask for something else. Nope, this is food you like, and we’re not throwing it away to turn around and get out different food.
I used to be a very picky eater, too, and now I’ll try just about anything, so I have hope for him.
There’s a point to this story. I know I’m not the only one fighting this battle every night (and every afternoon and morning). Let’s say, for example, that we’re having grilled chicken for dinner.
Well, I certainly don’t want to get any extra pans dirty or make myself work too hard, and that’s where this pizza quesadilla comes in. Throw it on the grill the last two minutes of the chicken’s cooking time and BAM, dinner for the kids is DONE, a pizzadilla!
Or, grill a pizza quesadilla as quick lunch for grown-ups, too. Or as a side to that tasty chicken.
And you can fill them with anything you’d top a normal pizza with. I keep it classic for the kids with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce but these Grilled BBQ Chicken Quesadillas from Smart Little Cookie look tasty. Or this one by Weelicious, Grilled Chicken and Corn Quesadillas.
What You’ll Need
There’s only four easy ingredients in this quesadilla.
- Flatbread or Flour Tortilla: Take the flavors up a notch by using Flatout’s Sundried Tomato flatbread. It adds a great layer of yummy tomato flavor in addition to the delicious smoky flavor the grill adds. Don’t have this flatbread? Use a large flour tortilla.
- Pizza Sauce: Prepared pizza sauce comes in a jar or can. You can find it on your grocery shelves. Marinara or spaghetti sauce is fine, too, whether you buy it or make your own.
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: Can’t have pizza without cheese, right? Other types of cheese work fine but this is classic pizza cheese.
- Sliced Pepperoni: Just a few slices. If you prefer sliced deli ham, that’s great, too. Fresh or sautéed veggies are yummy if you have a vegetable lover in your household.
More Pizza Recipes
Can’t get enough pepperoni pizza? ME NEITHER. Try:
- Pizza Sliders
- English Muffin Pizzas
- Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets
- Pepperoni Pizza Dip
- Bite Sized Zucchini Pizzas
- Parmesan Crusted Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese
- Pizza Mac and Cheese Muffins
- Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- 1 (10-inch) tortilla (burrito size)
- 2 tablespoons pizza sauce, more for dipping, if desired
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 10 pepperoni slices, more as desired
- oil for frying
- Preheat large skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, prepare quesadilla. Spread pizza sauce evenly over half of the tortilla. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly over sauce, arrange pepperoni slices on cheese. Fold tortilla over, pressing down lightly.
- Spray heated skillet with olive oil spray or add approximately 1 teaspoon olive oil to the pan. Carefully transfer quesadilla to the hot pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on one side, or until browned; carefully flip over, and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer, until golden brown.
- Remove from pan, let quesadilla cool for 1 to 2 minutes before cutting into quarters.
- Make as many quesadillas as you like. Cook them individually. Once the pan is hot, the quesadillas cook pretty quickly.
- Change them up. You can add any pizza fillings you like! If you don’t want raw vegetables in your quesadilla, give them a quick sauté in a pan to soften and release moisture.
- Air fryer quesadillas: Spray both sides with oil or cooking spray, then place the quesadilla in the air fryer basket and cook at 375ºF for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the outside is crispy and the cheese melts.
- Recipe card updated 2/2024. Previously posted as a grilled quesadilla. If you prefer, prepare the quesadilla as directed above. Quesadillas can be cooked on a preheated grill for a couple of minutes each side or until cheese melts and tortillas are golden.
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