Seasonal Potluck: Strawberry Goat Cheese Quesadillas

The Seasonal Potluck continues!  I hope you are enjoying me & Betsy’s seasonally inspired recipes as much as we are loving being able to share them with you.  While searching for recipes featuring this month’s ingredient, strawberries, I found no shortage of dessert and breakfast fare.  However, I wanted to share some savory recipes to show the versatility of strawberries as an ingredient.  I did a little savory strawberry experimentation back in April for rhubarb month with this grilled mahi mahi recipe that was topped with a rhubarb compote and balsamic marinated strawberries.  It turned out great – try it!

 For this recipe, I found quite a few variations online from other bloggers.  Most of them had green onions or leeks incorporated into the recipe, but I did not feel that was necessary with the strong flavors of the arugula and goat cheese.  In my opinion everything tastes good with goat cheese.  And bacon. 🙂 

 Strawberry Goat Cheese Quesadillas, makes 4

Inspired by Sprouted Kitchen & From the Little Yellow Kitchen

 ¾ cup sliced ripe strawberries

1 ½ cup arugula

2 tablespoons basil

6 oz goat cheese

8 whole wheat tortillas

4 slices bacon

Balsamic vinegar for drizzling, optional

Cook bacon until desired crispness is achieved on a paper towel-lined plate in the microwave.  Cool, then chop into pieces.  Spread goat cheese onto 2 tortillas.  Top with strawberries, arugula, basil and bacon pieces.  Cook in pan or skillet for 2-3 minutes per side, or until crisp.  Drizzle with balsamic (if desired), cut and serve.

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