Quesadillas with Cheese and Mushrooms

Categories: Appetizers, Mexican, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Mushroom Quesadillas 500

Quesadillas de Queso y Hongos
Quesadillas with Cheese and Mushrooms

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound mushrooms, such as trumpet royale
¼ cup fresh epazote leaves
salt
8 ounces Queso Oaxaca or other Mexican melting cheese
1 pound masa (corn flour)
1 cup warm water

  •  Thinly slice the mushrooms and sautee with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  •  When the mushrooms are soft and starting to brown, toss in the epazote leaves and continue to cook until just wilted. Set aside.
  • Shred the Queso Oaxaca and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix masa and water, then continue to add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the batter is thick and sticky, like a firm cookie dough.
  • Make balls of batter about 1 inch in diameter. Place each ball between sheets of plastic cut from grocery or produce bags. All three layers can be placed in a tortilla press and compressed until it is a consistently thin sheet of dough.
  • Slide each raw tortilla onto a hot skillet, then immediately mound with about 1 ounce of cheese and 2 tablespoons of mushrooms.
  • Fold the tortilla in half and press around the edges with your finger or a spoon to seal.
  • Continue to cook the quesadilla until browned, flipping as needed.
  • Serve with the salsa of your choice.

Note: squash or nasturtium blossoms make a great filling, used in place of the mushrooms.

TCM ANALYSIS

Tx: This recipe is nourishing to the Spleen and Stomach, and beneficial to immunity. The dampness generating quality of the cheese is balanced by the draining qualities of the mushrooms.

Mushroom: Neutral to slightly cool and sweet, mushrooms are one of the most powerful food medicines available. They are nourishing, but also clear excesses, especially of heat and toxicity. Mushrooms are known to have a strong effect on immunity, and are beneficial to cancer patients, especially in cases of stomach or cervical cancer.
Corn Flour / Masa: Sweet and neutral. Enters the Spleen, Stomach and Urinary Bladder. Tonifies qi and strengthens the Middle Jiao, corn flour is considered easy to digest. Has a diuretic action, especially for conditions of poor water metabolism.
Epazote: Treats diarrhea and dysentery, expels parasites, and calms the nerves. I think this most likely drains dampness and heat.