quesadillas florales

quesadillas florales

edible flowers and herbs harvested from my garden this morning

rose, geranium, lavender, day lily, marigold, mint

Once again I turn to John Sedlar for inspiration. After a most enchanting lunch at his restaurant Rivera in downtown Los Angeles, we fell head-over-heels for his Modern Southwest Cuisine. The chef serves tortillas florales with “indian butter,” a spread made from avocado. Here, I take his idea to embed flowers into the masa and make decorated quesadillas filled with brie.

making tortillas

2 c. corn masa flour
maiz seleccionado y nixtamalizado
(selected corn treated with lime)

sprinkle 1/4 t. sea salt

add 1 1/4 c. water, mix thoroughly to form a soft dough

form masa into a ball

cover masa with damp cloth, let rest 5 minutes

take a piece of dough

roll between the palms to form a ball

cover masa balls with a damp cloth to keep moist

tortilla press

place a sheet of plastic wrap on the press, place one ball in the center, cover with another sheet of wrap
close lid and press down on lever

open lid, remove top layer of wrap

decorating tortillas

rose and marigold

rose, geranium and lavender

rose and mint

after placing the decoration, re-cover the tortilla with wrap, apply the press again

leave tortillas in individual wrappers until ready to cook

making quesadillas

slice brie, remove most of the rind

heat an ungreased skillet or comal over medium-high heat

add tortilla to the pan, cook about 5o seconds on each side

keep tortillas warm between folds of cloth napkins

cook plain tortillas, top with slices of brie

when brie starts to melt, top with a decorated tortilla

slice quesadillas into quarters

pour refreshing beverages
and serve quesadillas florales!

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63 thoughts on “quesadillas florales”

  1. Brilliant! These are the most beautiful tortillas I have ever seen…..and with brie – Yum! Congratulations, Lori Lynn, on another winner. You can count on my vote to help move you into the next round.

  2. LL, as I was reading this post again (I just had to) I wondered what the flowers taste like. It’s hard to taste the edible flowers with the eyes. Could you please offer some insight to the taste? Thanks. FA

  3. Beautiful! Think how many will enjoy the benefits of your labor (of love!). I want to make these with my young niece and nephew. A great family project, and your demonstration was so detailed and well photographed. Sure to be a winner on the net and in our kitchens! Thanks!

  4. These are the most adorable quesadillas I’ve ever seen. I knew rose, marigold and lavender are edible but day lily and geranium, that’s’ new to me and since one of my geranium bloomed yesterday I’ll give it a try. Thanks for sharing

  5. How GORGEOUS and elegant! This would make a perfect bite for a wedding. You should trademark your idea, I suspect it could become very popular 🙂 Pictures are also gorgeous. This is a perfect post, congratulations!

  6. All I can say is WOW!!! I’ve never seen such pretty quesadillas and this is definitely one of my favorite posts for this round. So creative and fun. Fabulous job!! 🙂

  7. These are lovely. I just bought my first package of masa harina and you’ve just inspired me to make my own tortillas. The flowers just take them over the top! Good luck with the challenge. 🙂

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  9. So beautiful! What a really, really special treat. I will definitely be giving this a try someday. And your tutorial is clear and easy to follow. Nicely done. I voted for you yet again!

    Good luck! Hope to see us both in round 5!!! =)

  10. Lori Lynn,
    Such spectacular work! You are so creative and come up with such unique ideas. I love them all and look forward to each and every entry….. Keep on cooking and I will keep on voting!


  11. I LOVE how simple and GORGEOUS this is!! I’m so excited to know how to do this that of course you have a vote from me!

    My own post is a romp through croissant making that’s filled with humor, exhaustion, and a little bit of popstar glamor. Come see if you’d like 🙂

  12. I just stumbled on your blog and through a series of steps came to this page. I could not be more impressed! Gorgeous photography, beautiful food, lovely idea. Will have to keep up with you…and with my limited time, I don’t track many. So good.

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