Erin's Adobo Eggplant Quesadillas
Adapted from The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen by Erin Alderson
Serves: serves 2
Adobo Seasoning:
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder (I skipped)
  • ½ tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (I used chipotle paste)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • pinches of salt and pepper
  • 2 small eggplant, sliced into ¼ inch pieces
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1½ - 2 cups shredded Taleggio cheese (I used Jack cheese)
  • handful of cilantro
  • lime slices, for serving
  • 4 whole grain tortillas
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the seasoning ingredients. (I added a few tablespoons of olive oil to this to make it a paste).
  2. Heat a grill pan to medium heat. Set the eggplant slices on a large plate and drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place eggplant on the grill, and cook for about 2 minutes per side, until dark grill marks form. Remove from the grill and generously brush both sides of the eggplant with the adobo paste mixture.
  3. Assemble quesadillas with the cheese, 3-4 eggplant slices and cilantro. Fold the tortilla over the toppings and grill each side of the quesadilla until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are charred on the outside (about 3 minutes per side). Press down with a spatula to help them along.
  4. Serve with extra adobo paste, lime slices and fresh cilantro.
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