“This looks impressive but it’s really simple to do,” Beth notes. The design uses a downloadable stencil–a technique she uses a few times in her book. Consider this more of an inspiration than an actual recipe. You can make your quesadillas any way you’d like. Beth fills her hers with cheese and bite-size pieces of southwestern spiced cooked chicken. -RISA WYATT
Cartograph, Gewurztraminer, ‘Floodgate Vineyard,’ Russian River Valley, 2009. 13.8% abv
Dry gewurztraminer, with white pepper, elderflower and lychee notes–the dry palate and medium+ body, with toasted brown spice complexities are ample for dairy, fat, and spice–300 case production, first release for Cartograph Wines, based in Healdsburg. $25 retail. Self Distribution
Recipe excerpted from Hungry Halloween by Beth Jackson Klosterboer
- Large burrito size tortillas
- Quesadilla fillings (cheese etc.)
- Edward Template: http://files.hungryhalloween.com/Twilight%20Edward%20Template.pdf
- Clear stencil sheet (or a piece of glossy photo paper)
- Hobby Knife (x-acto) or stencil cutter
- Black food coloring spray or Black paste food coloring
Edward Image Instructions:
To create an Edward stencil: find the printable full size Edward Template at http://files.hungryhalloween.com/Twilight%20Edward%20Template.pdf. Print the template onto copy paper. Set on a cutting board.
Lay a clear stencil sheet over the image. Use a hobby knife or a stencil cutter to cut out all the black areas of the vampire image. If you are planning to make just one quesadilla, you can print the template onto a piece of glossy photo paper and cut it out. The paper won’t survive several uses though.
Lay a tortilla on a piece of parchment paper. Set your Edward stencil over the tortilla. Hold the food color spray over the stencil and lightly spray image (too much and the color will bleed). Remove stencil from tortilla. Pat the stencil dry with paper towels before spraying another tortilla. Allow “painted” tortilla to dry completely.
Lay a tortilla on a piece of parchment paper. Set your Edward stencil over the tortilla. Pour about a teaspoon of black paste food coloring onto a disposable plate or a piece of tin foil. Roll a sponge roller over the black coloring to coat the sponge. Roll the sponge around on the plate to remove any globs of coloring.
Roll black coloring over the stencil, holding the stencil in place. Cover the entire exposed tortilla with black coloring. Remove stencil from tortilla. Wash stencil and pat dry with paper towels before “painting” another tortilla.
Allow tortilla to dry completely (this can take up to an hour).
Sponge rollers can be found at craft stores or art supply stores. You can also use a sponge brush or pastry brush. Just be aware that the brushes will permanently turn bright pink after using this method.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lay a plain tortilla on a parchment paper or tin foil lined baking sheet. Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheese over a tortilla. Add your favorite toppings. Sprinkle 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup more cheese over toppings (this will help the top tortilla stick). Top with a tortilla printed with the Edward image. Bake for 8-12 minutes until cheese is bubbly and melted and the tortilla is golden brown. Serve hot.