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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Arizona Cheese Crisps

Arizona cheese crisps or simply cheese crisps is a tortilla based dish and is said to be have been made famous by a cafe in Tuscon, Arizona. These open faced flour tortillas are buttered and toasted in an oven until crisp. They are then sprinkled with cheese and again toasted until the cheese melts. Cheese is not piled up high like in a pizza in the case of cheese crisps and they can be optionally topped with onions, scallions, cilantro, peppers or chorizo in case of a non-vegetarian version. As the name suggests these were crispy, cheesy and utterly delicious.

Ingredients:
2 tortillas (I used 8 inch whole wheat ones.)
2 tsp. butter
1/2 to 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese / Mexican blend cheese
(I used Cheddar cheese on one and a blend of Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Asadero and Queso Quesadilla cheese on the second tortilla.)
1 tsp. oil
1 mild green pepper like poblano / anaheim (optional)

Method:
* Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.
* If using the green pepper, slice into thin strips. Heat oil on medium heat and saute the pepper slices until the skin starts to blister.  Remove from heat and keep it aside.
* Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and spread 1 tsp. butter over each of the tortilla and place it in the oven. 
 
* Toast for about 8 - 10 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown / crispier.
 
* Remove the tortillas from the oven and sprinkle cheese over the tortillas, leaving about 1/4 inch around the edges. Arrange the toasted green pepper strips if using (or it can be sprinkled before serving.) 
 
* Return the tortillas to the oven and toast until the cheese melts, about 2 -3 minutes.
* Remove and serve immediately.

This is my entry under "Tortilla based dishes" for BM #53. Check the blogging marathon page to see what my fellow marathoners are cooking today.

Comments

18 comments:

praba bubesh said...

gooey goodness...looks very tempting...

Harini-Jaya R said...

That is surely a delightful way to serve up the tortillas.

vaishali sabnani said...

Awesome ! Would love to try it , looks fabulous!

Sapana Behl said...

Very interesting way to use tortillas and cheese.Lovely...

Srivalli said...

wow, such a wonderful option to snack on..I am sure we will love this cheese topped ones Suma..very nicely done..

Priya Suresh said...

Nothing can beat this beautiful crisp, totally in love with it.

Priya Srinivasan said...

Oh my suma, gorgeous i would say, aahh that melted cheese on a crispy tortilla, i can imagine how yumm it would have been while biting into it!!! :)

Chef Mireille said...

looks so good with all that gooey melted cheese

Kalyani said...

never heard of these earlier, but guess became a popular post this BM ! good job with all the tortilla series Suma !

Padmajha PJ said...

Love the gooey cheesed one.Superb pics Suma

Varadas Kitchen said...

Loved in that town for years but never heard of them. Looks crispy and delicious

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

These cheese crisps are so addictive! Loved making them for this theme.

Padma Rekha said...

I can enjoy this any time looks so tempting..

The Pumpkin Farm said...

the pic has come alive, looks delectable

Pavani N said...

So yummy Suma, your Arizona cheese crisps look so cheesy & tempting.

Archana Potdar said...

My these are so delicious. I will love these anytime.

Sowmya :) said...

Wow...all that cheese....mouth watering dish!

sneha datar said...

A treat for cheese lovers.