On a recent dinner out with some friends I went to a local vegan restaurant, Gracias Madre. If you are in San Francisco, you should definitely check it out. I promise you will not miss the meat or cheese (double promise!!). They are known for a number of their dishes, but the one that stood out was the butternut squash quesadilla. I noticed it being made in the open kitchen as we walked by to be seated and was immediately sold. When the plate hit the table, it did not disappoint. Fast forward a few weeks and I was searching the internet trying to find their recipe so I could recreate them and curb my craving. No such luck. This recipe is under lock and key! So, I had to do the unthinkable... I had to create a recipe from scratch. Being a baker, this is typically not my thing. After a few tries (2, to be exact) and a very willing taste-tester, I have what I think is very good, albeit non-vegan, replica.
Ingredients:1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed (rinse and set the seeds aside)
1 shallot sliced thin
1Tbsp olive oil
2 brown rice tortillas (or any tortillas you want)
cotija cheese, crumbled