These oven-baked quesadillas are simple to make and a great way to use up leftover turkey and cranberry sauce from your holiday dinner without feeling like you’re eating leftovers. Both ingredients take on a whole new flavor profile with the addition of fresh cilantro, scallions, jalapeño peppers and the creamy brie adds a contrast that pulls all the flavors together perfectly.Print
Baked Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Quesadillas
A flavorful way to use up leftover turkey, these easy-to-make, baked quesadillas combine the cooked turkey with cilantro, scallions, jalapeño pepper, cranberry sauce and tangy layer of gooey, melted brie.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings
- 2 to 3 cups cooked turkey, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 scallions, trimmed and sliced
- 1 or 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
- 3/4 to 1 cup cranberry sauce, brought to room temperature
- 8 ounces brie, brought to room temperature
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed
- 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Heat the butter in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the scallions and jalapeños and sauté until slightly softened, about 1-1/2 minutes. Add the turkey and cook, stirring frequently for another minute, just until the turkey is warmed through.
- Lay 4 of the tortillas on a flat surface and brush one side lightly with vegetable oil. Arrange them in a single layer on a large cookie sheet, oiled side down. Using half of the brie, spread a portion onto each tortilla as evenly as possible. Top with a portion of cranberry sauce and turkey-jalapeño mixture. Sprinkle with cilantro.
- Spread the remaining brie on the other 4 tortillas and place them, cheese side down, on top of the others. Press down gently, then brush the tops with oil.
- Bake for 6 to 10 minutes, or until the tortillas are golden and the cheese has melted. Allow the quesadillas to cool for several minutes, cut into quarters and serve.
You can easily substitute cooked chicken for the turkey in this recipe.