In association with Breville
Belle is very much a creature of habit. She knows what she likes – Netflix, pizza, chocolate chip brioche – and she tends to stick to it. You will NEVER catch Belle browsing Prime Video while eating a burger. Just never.
She is also what I would call a fussy eater.
I’d always imagined that she would grow out of fussy eating. I thought that one day she would turn around and proclaim a new found love for courgettes, or request fresh fish for dinner, but it doesn’t seem to have happened. Sometimes she surprises me though and eats something that I would never have put her down for, like the sweet potato and peanut butter quesadilla at her favourite restaurant in Taunton, (Eat The Bird), which is served with avocado and sriracha chilli sauce.
Ask her if she likes avocado and she will say no, but mashed up in a tortilla with some spicy sauce and apparently that’s a different thing entirely. I have tried making it at home a few times, but I’m not sure I ever get the balance of ingredients quite right. At Eat The Bird she always gets half of her quesadilla to take away and that isn’t as much fun either when you’re already AT home.
I also tend to mess it up a bit because I have to do it in a frying pan and then flip it over. (Not one of my many talents.)
When Breville sent me one of their Ultimate Grills then, and asked me to create a recipe, I knew exactly what I wanted to do – a quesadilla. No more flipping, authentic Eat the Bird style griddle markings – what’s not to love? I decided to branch out from Belle’s filling of choice though and make something that was speedier, (i.e. no sweet potato roasting required), and that showed off the grill a bit more.
I settled on prawns because they are delicious, (obvs), and super easy to cook on the Breville Ultimate Grill.
If you do happen to be in the market for a grill, the Breville Ultimate Grill really is a good one. The grilling plates are made with a Duraceramic™ coating, meaning they will last and last, and the temperature is adjustable, so you can cook more delicate ingredients slowly, or get them super hot ready to sear a juicy bit of steak.
It has a floating hinge so it automatically adjusts the space between the plates according to the thickness of whatever you’re cooking, or you can open it out completely flat and use it as a open grill. Both plates click easily into place and come away with the press of a button and they’re dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
The Breville Ultimate Grill really IS the ultimate grill, just in case you hadn’t guessed from the name.
Anyway, time to get excited, because today we’re going to be using the Breville Ultimate Grill to make this:
Looks yummy yes?
Smokey prawn quesadilla – ingredients
To make your own smokey prawn masterpiece, the first thing you’ll need is some tortilla wraps. A full size wrap wouldn’t fit on the Breville Ultimate Grill, but I used mini wraps from Tesco, (which you can probably get anywhere), and they fitted perfectly. A quesadilla made with two wraps was an ideal size for one portion too.
A quesadilla is really just a fancy sandwich, so you can be really flexible with the filling depending on what you like. Cheese in some form works well as it melts and holds things together nicely, but you can be as creative as you want really.
Based on making lunch for two people, for my recipe you will need:
- 4 mini wraps
- Some raw king prawns – I used 5 per person. You could use cooked and just grill them quickly for the flavour.
- About 100g of cooked and drained black beans – I used mine from a tin.
- A few handfuls of grated mozzerella
- Fresh coriander
To coat the prawns pre-grilling I used a good glug of olive oil, salt and pepper and a teaspoon of smoked paprika.
As well as coming in a gorgeous tin, (who isn’t seduced by a bit of nice packaging?), the smoked paprika gives a lovely smokey flavour to things and adds a bit of colour too.
I served my finished smokey prawn quesadilla with sour cream, tomatoes and mashed avocado, but you can be flexible here too.
Making a quesadilla in the Breville Ultimate Grill was so much easier than in a frying pan, plus how much more professional does it look with the fancy grill lines? I might even be able to make a sweet potato and peanut butter version and pretend I ordered it in from Eat The Bird.
You can find out more about the Breville Ultimate Grill here, and do have a watch of my video to see how I put it all together.
It’s less than a minute, I promise: