When I think of lunch staples from my childhood, fluffernutter sandwiches always come to mind. My mom’s answer to the usual peanut butter and jelly (with the bread crusts cut off, of course)– she’d whip up this sweet and gooey alternative when I started getting picky or fussy about my mid-day meals- and it was always such a treat.
So finding alternative ways to prepare a classic, this one involving some chocolate and an unexpected ingredient- tortillas- piqued my interest and was something I knew I wanted to try. I served up a batch of these dessert-style quesadillas for my mom on Mother’s Day this past weekend to start our day together- and to revisit my younger years where I’m sure I drove her crazy about what I would/wouldn’t eat.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 1 burrito-sized flour tortilla
- 1½ tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons Marshmallow Fluff
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
- Flaky salt, to taste (about ½ teaspoon should do it!)
- ½ tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)
WHAT YOU’LL DO:
1. Lay the tortilla flat on a plate or cutting board. Spread an even layer of peanut butter on one half of the tortilla. Spread an even layer of Marshmallow Fluff on the other half.
2. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the Fluff. Sprinkle as much flaky salt as you’d like over the peanut butter.
3. In a frying pan or skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Place the open tortilla in the pan and let it fry until the bottom is golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Fold the peanut butter side over onto the Fluff side and gently press it down with a spatula. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the chocolate chips melt, about 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Turn off the heat and transfer the quesadilla from the pan to a plate. Let it cool for about 5 minutes, then slice it into quarters.
These quesadillas definitely had a s’mores feeling to them- mainly because of the chocolate and marshmallow involved- but the layer of peanut butter and the crispy, buttery taste of the tortilla gave these a fun and delicious edge that any sweet tooth (or fussy/picky kid) will love.
My mom and I had a great time cutting into these and having a somewhat messy, melty brunch to celebrate her day together- and I have a feeling she’ll have me looking up other classic recipes- with a twist- to try the next time I visit!