As we’ve grown more sophisticated in this life, so have our quesadillas. Gone are the days of the microwaved renditions of our youth (they got the job done, but they definitely weren’t delicious). This cosmopolitan quesadilla is jam-packed with flavorful roasted veggies and tons of gooey, melty cheese. On top, there’s a crunchy radish salsa and dollops of spiced lime crema. A good thing just got a whole lot better.
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Southwest Spice Blend
Adjust rack to top position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. Peel and dice sweet potato into ½-inch pieces. Toss on a baking sheet with a drizzle of oil, salt, and pepper. Roast on top rack, tossing halfway through, until browned and tender, 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Heat broiler to high.
Meanwhile, core, deseed, and dice poblano. Halve, peel, and dice onion; mince a few pieces until you have 1 TBSP (2 TBSP for 4 servings). Finely chop cilantro. Dice tomato. Trim and finely dice radishes. Quarter lime. Place ½ tsp Southwest Spice in a small bowl and set aside (you’ll use the rest in the next step).
Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add poblano and diced onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until tender, 5-7 minutes. Once sweet potato is done roasting, add to pan along with remaining Southwest Spice. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Turn off heat.
In a second medium bowl, combine radishes, tomato, cilantro, minced onion, a squeeze of lime juice, and a large drizzle of olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. To bowl with reserved Southwest Spice, add sour cream, a squeeze of lime juice, and a pinch of salt. Stir in water 1 tsp at a time until mixture reaches a drizzling consistency.
Rub one side of each tortilla with a drizzle of oil. Place tortillas, oiled sides down, on baking sheet used for sweet potato. (Use 2 baking sheets for 4 servings.) In a second small bowl, combine cheddar and mozzarella. Sprinkle half the cheese mixture onto one side of each tortilla. Top with veggies, then sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture. Fold tortillas in half to create two quesadillas (four for 4).
Broil quesadillas on top rack until golden brown, 1-2 minutes per side. (Broil in batches for 4 servings.) Cut into wedges. Divide quesadillas between plates. Top quesadillas with salsa and crema. Serve with remaining lime wedges on the side.