If you love winter squash and all things fall snacking, wait until you try these crispy Delicata Squash Quesadillas. This easy gluten free quesadillas recipe is a combination of cheesy, sweet flavors, with a hint of spice.
I added in some spinach leaves to round out the nutrition…and because it is a great way to sneak some greens into my kids’ snack.
(*This Post was sponsored by California Real Milk. All opinions are my own.)
Snack lovers rejoice because I am sharing my son’s new favorite recipe with you. He has been going crazy over making quesadillas for an after-school snack. This new gluten free quesadilla recipe combines Real California Milk Cheese and pepperoni in one flavorful hand-held snack.
This recipe is so easy to make in your own kitchen! There are so many winter squash recipes on this blog for you to see!
This stovetop quesadilla recipe is super easy to make. I find that cooking quesadillas on the stovetop so much easier than baking them. Also, when you cook your gluten free quesadillas on the stove, you can flip them like pancakes so both sides get crispy!
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What kind of cheese is best in these gluten free delicata squash quesadillas?
The sky is the limit when trying to decide what kind of cheese to use in this quesadilla recipe. Just look for the cheese with the Real California Milk seal.
Here are a few of our favorite cheeses:
- Monterey Jack
- Pepper Jack
What are more quesadilla fillings you can use?
- Meats: taco meat, shredded chicken, veggie meats
- Vegetables: mushrooms, kale, bell peppers, onions
Cooking delicata squash:
The first step is to cook your squash. I love to use delicata squash in this recipe because it has a natural sweetness that works well with melted cheese.
Slice the delicata squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and the place each half slice down on a cutting board.
Cut the squash into slices. It is okay to leave the outter peel on. You can either peel it off after it has softened from being cooked, or eat it as it is a very thin peel.
Pan fry the delicata squash slices with avocado oil (or another high heat tolerant oil), salt, and cumin. Dice the cooked squash slices.
Grab your Real California Milk cheese and grate it over a bowl. I used two kinds of cheese for this recipe, but you can choose your favorite type of cheese to use.
How to make a quesadilla on the stove:
The first step to making a quesadilla on the stovetop is to heat a pan on the stove. I use a cast iron skillet because it gets nice and hot.
Add the delicata squash and spinach to the cooking tortilla and cheese.
Substitution Ideas for squash and spinach:
Feel free to substitute other winter squash and greens. Acorn squash is my second choice because it gets soft like delicata squash. Butternut may be too hard, even cooked so if you use this, slice it thinly.
You can use other types of greens for these gluten free quesadillas too:
- dandelion greens
Flip the quesadilla so the other side can get crispy.
For another delicious Real California Milk recipe idea, check out this Creamy Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Yogurt Cake recipe!!
- 8 gluten free flour tortillas
- 1 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 1 cup roasted delicata squash
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- dash pepper
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup scallions
- Heat a cast iron pan on medium heat with a little avocado or other high heat oil.
- Slice a delicata squash in half. Bake for 40 minutes Chop the cooked delicata squash.
- In a pan, sauté spinach in avocado oil. Add cumin, pepper, and salt.
- Place a flour tortilla in the pan. Add cheese, squash, and spinach.
- Cover with another tortilla and cook for 3 minutes.
- With a spatula, check the bottom tortilla. If it has crisped, use the spatula to flip it over so that the other side can cook. (Just like if you are making a grilled cheese sandwich.)
- Remove from the pan and slice. Serve hot with sour cream and scallions.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 349 Saturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 40mg Sodium: 840mg Carbohydrates: 35g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Protein: 15g
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