This Blooming Quesadilla Ring makes the best appetizer! Using tortilla shells that are cut in half, filled with chicken and cheese, and rolled up, then, placed in a giant ring. This pull-apart appetizer is always a fan favorite!
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Cheese, chicken, Cooking for a Crowd, Easy Appetizer
Author: Jennifer Fishkind
20soft flour tortillas
4cupsfinely shredded colby and monterey jack cheese
3cupsshredded cooked skinless boneless chicken breast
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put a large, wide mouth glass jar in the center of the baking sheet.
Using a cutting board and a sharp knife, or a pizza cutter, cut the tortilla’s in half. Cover the halved tortilla’s with a clean dry cloth and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded cooked chicken, diced yellow pepper, finely diced yellow and red onion, the salsa and the taco sauce. Stir well until all of the ingredients are completely incorporated.
Sprinkle 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons each of the shredded colby monterey jack cheese and the chicken mixture.
Roll each of the halved, “filled” tortillas into a cone shape. Be careful not to squish out the filling. The small, pointed ends of the cones need to touch the wide mouth jar and form a ring around the jar.
Once you have made a complete bottom layer, about 12-13 cones, sprinkle 3/4 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese on top of the ring.
Repeat the ring of cones for a second layer, and top with 1 cup of the colby and monterey jack cheese.
Repeat for the 3rd and final ring. Remove the glass jar from the center of the cones.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the edges of the cones are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
Using the edges of the parchment paper, carefully transfer the quesadilla ring to a heat safe serving plate. (If you are wanting to trim the excess parchment paper, be very careful not to touch the hot cheese)
Serve the quesadilla ring with your favorite salsa or dipping sauce. Any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Tip 1: You can use a drinking glass or a jar for the center of your ring. You just want to make sure that the mouth is wide enough to make a circle that’s about 2 inches wide.Tip 2: Do not overfill your tortillas. This is a must because it will create a huge mess for you!Tip 3: Be careful not to squish out the filling. This shouldn’t be a problem if you follow tip 2, but you just want to be sure you’re not rolling them too tight and squeezing out the filling.Tip 4: Make sure to put down parchment paper before making this ring. It will help you with transferring and serving your quesadilla. It will also help make cleaning up super easy! If you are wanting to trim the excess parchment paper to make the appearance better, be very careful not to touch the hot cheese, as you could burn yourself.