Pork and Mushroom Quesadillas with a Giveaway from the Pork Board

Heather says:

This week Publix and the National Pork Board are featuring sirloin pork cutlets, which will be on sale at Publix through February 22. These boneless cuts of porks are great for quick cooking methods like stir fry. Today’s recipe for pork and mushroom quesadillas takes advantage of this quick cooking method. Quesadillas are a great, healthy weeknight meal and as a bonus, they come together quite quickly and pair well with a salad for a complete dinner. (Keep reading, there’s a giveaway just below the recipe).

If you really want to up the health quotient try substituting whole grain tortillas for the plain flour ones. For more great ideas from the National Pork Board, follow their Twitter account @allaboutpork or fan them on Facebook.

If you’re new to the technique of sauteing, not too long ago I shared how to tell if your pan is hot enough to saute and today I’m adding the following video that demonstrates the water test.

Okay, so now  that you know how to tell if your pan is hot enough to saute the pork (yes, I’m playing fast and loose with saute and stir fry today, but let’s get started with the recipe.

: Pork and Mushroom Quesadillas

: Recipe courtesy of the National Pork Board

 

  • 12 ounces pork cutlets, pounded 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup olive oil with garlic or olive oil, divided
  • salt to taste
  • 6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 cup green onions, sliced
  • 8 oz Swiss or Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 4 large flour tortillas (9 – 10 inch)

  • Stack pounded cutlets and cut crosswise in half, then cut each stack lengthwise into matchstick size pieces. (You may find this easier if the pork cutlets are partially, but not fully frozen).
  • Heat 1 TBSP olive oil in a heavy skillet and stir-fry pork for 2 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove the pork from the skillet with a slotted spoon and season with salt, to taste.
  • Add 1 TBSP of oil to the skillet. Add the mushroom and onions to the skillet and stir-fry for 1 – 2 minutes or until crisp-tender (in other words, don’t cook the mushrooms to death). Add the pork to the skillet and toss to mix. Remove from the skillet and wipe the skillet with a paper towel.
  • Assemble the quesadillas by placing 1/4 cup of shredded cheese on half the tortilla, topping with 1/4 of the pork and mushroom mixture and another 1/4 cup of cheese. Fold the tortilla in half.
  • Add the final 1 TBSP of oil to the skillet and cook the quesadillas 2 at a time over medium heat for 2 – 4 minutes on each side, or until golden.
  • Cut quesadillas into wedges to serve.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Calories: 560

Fat: 38 grams

Protein: 40 grams

Now for the giveaway. The National Pork Board and Publix are giving away the following:

  • 8 $5 pork coupons
  • Water bottle
  • Reusable grocery bag
  • Meat thermometer
  • Pedometer
  • Recipe book

to one lucky Home Ec 101 Reader to help you get started with the Good and Good for You Challenge.

How do you get in on this giveaway? Well, it’s pretty simple. Just add a comment to this post. If you want a second chance (and that’s all you get, folks) tweet about this giveaway and copy and paste the URL into a second comment. The comments are the official entry, there is no purchase necessary, void where prohibited. The contest ends Sunday February 26, 2012 at 9pm Eastern. The winner will be announced on Monday the 27th.

Good luck!

This post was sponsored by the National Pork Board, all opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. lgunnoe965 says

    I have a some leftover pork loin in the fridge. This is SO happening for a late night snack later.

  2. drweathers says

    My family has just gone crazy for pork lately! We’ve had it several times in the past few weeks with ribs, chops, tenderloin, sausage–they never ask for beef or chicken by name or get excited about other dishes.

  3. sandyspeed says

    Well, that made a yummy after school snack and the kiddos loved it! We added some salsa on the side, and now we are tided over until dinner. Thanks Heather!

  4. nickolina says

    I love to cook a bunch of pork in the crockpot…whatever is on sale…and freeze the shredded meat with juice in meal-sized bags. It is fast food when needed & versatile to fit what we are hungry for.

  5. says

    I didn’t grow up eating pork, but my Southern born and bred husband did, so he’s our resident pork-cooker (and meat buyer). He’s mostly bought shoulder and then bbq-ed or put it in the slow cooker. We freeze half or so and then eat the rest in various Mexican-inspired incarnations – tacos, quesadillas, burritos, nachos, etc. I’d like to try a leaner cut (I was raised on chicken!) but I’m a bit clueless when it comes to pork.

  6. Schmidty says

    Pork has become our favorite meat for meals. My favorite is a beautiful tenderloin slow cooked in the oven on a low heat for hours, served with gravy and mashed potatoes.

  7. Melissa B says

    Our family loves pork & quesadillas (and burritos, roasts, tenderloin, etc.)! We eat it regularly, alternating with chicken, beef or meatless meals.

  8. Miss Wendy says

    Love how easy this sounds and a great alternative to chicken – which can become so boring…..this would be popular with kids and adults…

  9. Schmidty says

    Those quesadilas are one of our favorite dishes ….I also love a good prok tenderloin with gravy and mashed potatoes.

  10. Brenda Hyde says

    I make quesadillas all the time but never thought of making them with pork. This looks SO good, and easy.

  11. shuggysmommy says

    man this looks really good thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!ashleygatewood1(AT)gmail.com

  12. sharinlilbit says

    Yay pork! Being from Memphis, I love pork… pulled and with some good ol’ Corky’s BBQ sauce, please! :)