I have the most romantic fiancé ever…

Shrimp Quesadilla

The other day at work, Nate and I were talking on gchat and he asked me what I was making for dinner:

me: why don’t you get a pizza for dinner

Nate: im just not sure i want pizza

me: well how do you know you’d be in the mood for whatever i made for dinner?

Nate: i can’t make these decisions anymore
thats why i’m getting married
so i don’t have to
my food thinking days are over

Shrimp Quesadilla

If that’s not a reason to get married (to someone you had a “good” date with), I don’t know what is.

Since Nate never has any idea what he wants for dinner, I have to come up with these things myself.

I knew I wanted to use my new panini press, one of my bridal gifts!! I immediately thought of quesadillas and tried to figure out what else was in my fridge.

Shrimp Quesadilla

I had that goat cheese I’ve been meaning to use, plus some Trader Joes Red Pepper Jelly that I haven’t tried yet (courtesy of Nate’s mom). For some reason I knew I wanted roasted corn too, and then I threw in mushrooms to add some more veggies and sauteed shrimp for protein.

Before I knew it, a delicious quesadilla was born.

Shrimp Quesadilla

Since Nate doesn’t mind making me come up with dinner ideas and cooking every day, I didn’t mind hiding some chopped up shrimp, his most hated of foods, into this tasty meal :)

Had it not been for a small piece of shrimp falling out of these very messy quesadillas, Nate never would have known.

And you know what? He saw it fall out and kept eating. They were THAT GOOD people!

Roasted Corn, Shrimp, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Quesadilla with Red Pepper Jelly and Salsa Verde

Recipe by Me

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makes 4 quesadillas

*Note: amounts are not exact, as it really depends what you like

4 tortillas
15ish small shrimp
3 ears corn, kernels cut off (about 1 cup kernels I think?)
Olive oil
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
3-4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
Salsa verde (any jarred version is fine, or you could make your own)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup Red Pepper Jelly

Toss corn kernels with some oil, spread on a foil-line baking sheet, and sprinkle with pepper.

Broil corn kernels, keeping an eye on them, until lightly browned. Set aside.

Put about a teaspoon of oil in a grill pan or skillet and heat over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring until they begin to soften. Add a tablespoon of salsa, stir, and push to one side of the pan.

Toss shrimp with olive oil, cilantro, salt and pepper. Add shrimp to the empty half of the pan containing the mushrooms.

Flip shrimp over when the bottom side turns pink, and continue cooking another minute or two until entire shrimp is pink.

Remove shrimp from pan and cut each into quarters.

Remove mushrooms from heat and set aside.

Put 1 tortilla down. Spread half with about 1 Tbsp red pepper Jelly. Sprinkle 3-4 shrimp (9-12 chopped pieces) evenly over the jelly. Top with 1 Tbsp mushrooms and about 3-4 Tbsp corn. Sprinkle with an ounce of goat cheese, cilantro and 1 Tbsp salsa verde. (Amounts are all approximate and can vary based on your taste)

Fold tortilla over the filling and cook in a panini press for a few minutes or until crispy on outside and cheese is melted.

Cut in half and enjoy!


  1. What a yummy quesadilla! I just bought a jar of pepper jelly and now I have a second recipe to try using it :)

  2. wow, i love different quesadilla recipes!!! yummmmm…….love the idea of using a panini press, those grill marks! awwww so nice that he has such a flexible palate. :) i can’t wait to cook for and with my hubby one far off day~~

    • The panini press is such a time saver and neater, than having to flip the quesadilla over in an pan and cook it longer. I’m sure a hubby isn’t too far off ;)

  3. Yum!!!
    What a wonderful idea of using Panini Press… I have to try this soon…

  4. Okay, 2 things:

    1. I bought that pepper jelly, not me ma.
    2. I will not be made to sound the fool that I do in this post. I have plenty of food ideas, they’re just usually the same one. Like my grilled cheese with apple request. That’s a good solid meal.

    One more thing… Shrimp still sucks.

  5. Haha, great post! I’ll admit, my husband is very similar with his (sorry Nate) lack of inspiration and deferential attitude in the kitchen BUT small potatoes in the big picture – we’ve been together for 20 years and I’d marry him again in a heartbeat :). I love everything about these quesadillas (especially the shrimp ;-)) – aren’t sandwich presses the best? We have lots of fun with ours too!

    • Hehe, glad to hear I’m not the only one with a significant other who lacks food creativity. And yes, you’re right, I’d take him with his foodie faults over another guy any day ;)

  6. Haha too funny, I’m glad that he kept eating! I know I would have. You whipped up quite the delicious concoction with ingredients on hand. I need to invest in a panini press. :)

  7. You know…I have a sneaking suspicion that a large part of the reason the boyfriend is dating me is because of the “she-likes-to-cook” allure. And I’m strangely okay with that. I’m less okay with the whole “he-lives-in-brooklyn” thing, but we’re working through it. (with food therapy)

    these quesadillas look SO GOOD. I need to get my hands on some of that red pepper jelly.

    • Hehe, the only way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…I never wanted to date a guy who couldn’t cook because then I wasn’t quite as much of a necessity to him ;) The red pepper jelly is really really good!

  8. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350

    Nate sounds as romantic as my husband. :) I like to tell myself I wouldn’t like an overly gushy husband, but sometimes I just have to laugh at the things he says. I love red pepper jelly and I don’t know why I never thought to put it in a quesadilla. Or to use my panini pan for quesadillas! You’re pretty much a genius in my eyes.

    • Haha, Nate actually is super romantic, almost to the point of being cheesy. But he also says things like that because he knows it’ll make me crack up :) You must try the panini press for quesadillas…no flipping needed!

  9. You and Nate had my laughing so hard between your post and his comment. If the quesadilla tasted half as good as the great photo, then it must have been delicious.

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