Mini Turkey Quesadillas | Pre-Prans with Ruthie

December 12, 2014 12:01 am

Simple quesadillas that make use of leftover turkey or chicken and take just minutes to make.

For this recipe, Ruthie’s joined by Fr. Mike Kennedy, SJ of Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative, an organization that works with and advocates for juveniles in the U.S. prison system.


2 cups cooked, shredded chicken or turkey
1 cup smoked Gouda, shredded
1 cup pepper jack, shredded
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
Flour tortillas
1/2 cup sour cream
A small bunch of cilantro

Combine chicken, cheese, onions, and 1 pepper with a bit of adobo sauce in a food processor until almost puréed.

Stack two tortillas together and cut into small circles, squares or whatever shape you like. (Tip: use a cookie cutter)

Assemble mini quesadillas and set aside.

Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet until almost smoking. Sauté quesadillas, about 1 minute per side or until just crispy.

Mix sour cream with a bit of the remaining adobo sauce, put a dollop on each mini quesadilla, and top with small sprig of cilantro.


“Pre-Prans with Ruthie” is an Ignatian food show on the IN Network that brings the time-honored Jesuit tradition of “pre-prans” (think: happy hour) to your home with easy to make & share appetizer & cocktail recipes that are infused with Ruthie’s stories and personality.


Ruthie Blacksea is a mother of two grown kids and fifth of twelve siblings. A retired yoga instructor, she now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, serving as chef at the Jesuit Novitiate, in addition to owning and managing Organized Living with Ruthie. She’s also a niece and sister of two Jesuits!


Pre-Prans is basically happy hour. Short for preprandial, it refers to anything done right before a meal, like sharing appetizers and drinks. In the Society of Jesus, “pre-prans” is a traditional way that Jesuits who live together make time in their busy schedules to gather as a community.

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