Recipe by MrsB
"I had something like this at a restaurant last night and I had to try to duplicate it at home! It reminds me of a perogies! I think that this recipe can really be played up with just about anything you like with potatoes! This can be a super fast meal if you use the heat and serve bacon and premade mashed potatoes!"
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cooked bacon, crumbled
sliced green onions
shredded Cheddar cheese
OMG - these are SO good! I am on Weight Watchers, and it is not that hard to pare it down in calories and fat. I followed the recipe exact except for using the smaller, lower fat tortillas and just sprinkling the cheese on each one. I used bacon pieces and they are only 35 calories per tbsp. I don't make my mashed potatoes that fattening so that helps also. I served with tomato soup so that you don't have to keep eating them to get satisfied (kind of like eating tomato soup and grilled cheese). To cook, I used my Cusinart Griddler with the flat plates on 400 degrees, so it only took 2 minutes to cook total (because I didn't have to flip). With my own tortilla I used butter flavored spray rather than real butter, and I also didn't add any cheese to mine. It still tasted really good and definitely reminicent of perogies. Tips: you will be tempted to pile on the potatoes, but use a little restraint - the potatoes will seep out if using a grill press like I did. It doesn't affect the taste, just looks a little messy and may run over onto your griddle. Also, heat up your mashed potatoes first for easier mixing. THANKS a million for this awesome recipe, this has to be the BEST way to use up leftover mashed potatoes!
I am so sorry to say this, (and it could just be the cooker, me). I don't know what I did wrong as I followed the recipe to a tee. My Hubby said he'd never try it again, and he'd eat fried cardboard, if it was seasoned right. BUT, I love the idea, so I may try again, just to see if it was me. Sorry.
I made these the other night for my husband and I for dinner. We were looking for something comforting and a little unhealthy...this fit the bill perfectly! It does indeed taste like perogies and even more so once they cool. The only change I made to the recipe was reduce the amount of cheese by about half. It could have used slightly more cheese, but not 2 cups. Anyway, we really liked this dish, but probably won't make it very often because the the fat and calories in it.
I just made these using leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes and they were great! I make quesadillas often and never thought of putting mashed potatoes in them. Great idea! I left out the bacon and green onions because we're not bacon fans and didn't have any green onions on hand. I cooked quesadillas in a dry skillet over medium heat with no butter. They came out perfectly toasted without adding the extra calories from butter. I used a the Mexican style blend of four cheeses but think they would be even better with pepper jack, will try that next time! For the dipping sauce I mixed 1/2 cup sour cream with 2-3 T. salsa. Thanks for the great recipe MrsB!
great recipe, i added 1/2 lb of spicy ground beef to the mashed potatoes...yummm!!!
I made these. I want actually a 4.5 stars, couldn't give it a total 5 star for sort of being messy. I did follow the recipe to a T. And all the steps were really really simple. The flavor was great from what my kids tell me. Son didn't like the onions but oh well. My other 3 children gobbled them up. The only part I found was it was hard to spread the potatoes on the tortillas. I think I would do what I do with refried beans for the next go around, because I will make them again, is put the potatoes in a ziploc baggie, snip the corner and pipe them out on the tortilla for easy coverage. But all in all, very simple recipe. Get way to use leftover mashed taters.
Simple, filling, and delicious! Like other reviewers, I tried cutting back on the calories. For the filling, we used homemade mashed potatoes and scallions with just a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and dipped them in a little salsa. Rather than using store-bought tortillas, I used the recipe for Mexican Whole Wheat Tortillas (using olive oil instead of shortening) to add a little more of a healthy twist on it. I will definitely be making these again!
We found some great ways to cut calories on these and make them a tad more healthy. About half the recipe makes enough for 5 people. Also we used turkey bacon instead of regular, omitted the butter, and very lightly sprinkled cheese on top. The mashed potatoes were mixed with 2% milk. Overall a lower fat recipe than before.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Mashed Potato Quesadilla
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 385
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