Recipe: The Treehugger from the Mars Hill Café Menu

May 31, 2009 at 12:30 pm

One of the most popular things on our menu at Mars Hill Caféis a quesadilla we call the Treehugger, a fav of our many vegetarian customers.  For those of you not close enough to join us for lunch here’s how you make it.

Take a hand full of sliced mushrooms, diced red onion, diced bell pepper and a slice of tomato that has been quartered then sautée in canola oil and season to taste with a mixture of chipotle chili powder and garlic salt.  Vegetables should still have some firmness to them so only cook for about 3 minutes, tossing once.

Set a 12″ whole wheat tortilla on a flat work surface and place two slices of sharp cheddar cheese on one half.  Top the cheddar with the veggie mixture and top that with two slices of pepper jack cheese.  Fold over the other half of the tortilla to form a half-moon shape.  We cook our tortillas in a panini press but if you do not have one just cook it in a large skillet like you would a grilled cheese sandwich until the cheese has melted and the tortilla is crispy on each side.  Serve with sour cream, Mars Hill’s Southwest Ranch dressing and/or salsa and eat till your heart’s content.


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