Baked Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Quesadillas

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.

Baked Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Quesadillas

Baked Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Quesadillas

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 cups cooked turkey (or chicken), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.