Charred Cauliflower and Hot Pepper Quesadillas

Charred Cauliflower and Hot Pepper Quesadillas

2 small or 1 large fresh poblano chiles
1 small head cauliflower, cored and cut into rough 1-inch chunks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 tbsp olive oil, plus more for cooking quesadillas
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cups grated monterey jack cheese
12 small (7-inch) tortillas of choice
Char peppers: Over a gas burner or under broiler turned to high, hold the poblanos over the flame with tongs and char them until they are black and blistered all over. Transfer hot chiles to a bowl and cover tightly with foil. Set aside to steam and let their skins loosen while you cook the cauliflower.

Char cauliflower: In a large bowl, toss cauliflower with 3 tbsps olive oil, salt and pepper, until it’s evenly coated. Heat heavy frying pan , add cauliflower, and let it cook until each piece has a few black spots but is not mushy, turning and moving it frequently to ensure even cooking (8-10mins) Transfer florets to cutting board to rest.
Mix filling: When poblanos are cool enough to handle, peel the charred skin off. Pull out and discard stems and seed clusters, and slice peppers into 1/4-inch wide strips. Add to cauliflower and give both a rough chop together, reducing the cauliflower to no bigger than 1/2-inch chunks. Return cauliflower and peppers to the large bowl, add scallions, lime juice and salt to taste. You should have about 2 cups of cauliflower filling.

Assemble and cook quesadillas: Lay out 6 tortillas and spread 1/3 cup cauliflower filling and 1/3 cup shredded cheese to each. Place second 6 tortillas on top as lids. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, coat lightly with olive oil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook quesadillas until browned underneath, about 3 to 4 minutes and flip. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut quesadillas into wedges and serve with your choice of fixings.

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