Oregon Shrimp Quesadillas #BacktoSchool #SundaySupper

It’s the night before the first day of school. I’ve shopped for school supplies and clothes at the last possible minute.  I’ve made bagged lunchs and I’ve ironed my son’s first-day outfit. I get all this accomplished ahead of time only one school night a year–and this is the night. The rest of the school year will be morning chaos as usual. One thing I don’t worry about, though, is the back-to-school dinner. 
I always have a bag of Oregon shrimp in my freezer for fun-and-filling meals. Pink Oregon bay shrimp are wild caught along the Oregon Coast and are a “Best Choice” seafood for sustainability according to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. These salad-sized shrimp are cleaned, pre-cooked, and perfect for quick lunches, dinners, and snacks. 
So this week, I–along with my fellow bloggers from the #SundaySupper group–am offering quick and easy back-to-school dinner recipes for your family. Consider this and other recipes for this month and throughout the school year whenever you’re feeling rushed to get dinner in front of the family–or yourself.
After you check out my recipe, spend some time checking out the other talented food bloggers who have contributed to this week’s #Back-to-School #SundaySupper (see hyperlinked list below), and join us at 7 p.m. ET for the #SundaySupper Twitter chat.


Recipe: Oregon Shrimp Quesadillas (Serves 4)
1 pound of Oregon Shrimp (gently thawed in the refrigerator for 24 hours)
16 corn or whole wheat tortillas
8 ounces  Longhorn Colby cheese (organic, if possible) cut into cubes
4 ounces parmesan cheese (organic, if possible) grated
1 small chili, minced whole
1 teaspoon olive oil
  1. Place shrimp between layers of paper towels in order to absorb excess water.
  2. Lay 8 tortillas flat on a large cutting board or baking sheet.
  3. Spoon shrimp in a single layer on each tortilla, including the edges.
  4. Cover shrimp with both cheeses and spoon a small amount of the fresh chili on top of the cheese.
  5. Place another tortilla on top of each tortilla and the shrimp and cheese.
  6. Heat a grill pan or skillet on medium-high heat. Carefully place one or two unheated quesadillas at a time on the grill pan.
  7. Cover quesadillas with a cast-iron press or cover quesadillas with foil and place a 28-ounce can of tomatoes or beans on top of quesadillas to flatten them.
  8. Repeat the process until all quesadillas have been grilled.
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  1. says

    Dear #SundaySupper pals and other readers of this post: Thanks so much for your comments. I think perhaps the shrimp were a bit small, but the flavor was outstanding. Thanks for all your lovely comments. You guys rock!


  2. says

    I’ve never heard of Oregon shrimp, but it may be the thing to introduce to my kids. I’ve tried tirelessly to get them to eat the “typically-sized” shrimp, but maybe a smaller size will get them to at least sample it! I will look for it at Whole Foods. Thanks for sharing!


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