April 2, 2011 11:30 AM
Episode 101: Quesadillas
POSTED IN: Season One Recipes , Pati's Mexican Table
TAGS: Beans , Cheese , Cooking , Corn , EP101 , Flour , Guajillo , Jinich , Mexican , Mushroom , Pati , Patricia , Plantain , Quesadillas , Show , Tortillas
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Quesadillas--the perfect marriage of heaven and earth, where the basic, simple tortilla meets the ecstasy of cheese. If you can find the right cheese, that is... So, where do you find great Mexican cheeses in the US? If you can't find Oaxaca Cheese or Manchego, what can you use instead? What about Monterey Jack or Cheddar as a substitute?

In this episode I interview the fabulous Joe Yonan (who just came out with an equally fabulous cookbook!), who gives us a lot of cheesy advise.

Would it shock you to know that you don't technically need to stuff cheese inside for it to qualify as an authentic Mexican quesadilla?

WOW - I had just noticed (at the PBS site) that you're a TV star now and a new header on the site?! And soon the book too? Hope you'll still remember us over here in the corner when you're really famous. Ay - Kidding of course, very happy to learn of the series and happy to see that it appears you'll post the vids here? Hope so. ¬°felicidades!

matt | March 9, 2011 3:40 PM

This was a really good show. It highlighted recipes I hadn't heard of. However, the site is not working. The only recipe available is the first one.

Pat Davis | April 2, 2011 2:50 PM

Thanks for pointing that out!! Its fixed now... : )

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Pat Davis | April 2, 2011 5:19 PM

I was happy to see the first show, which I had tread aobut in the Post. the recipes were clear to follow and looked delicious. I was fascinated to learn aobut making dough from yellow plantains. It was also fun to see Joe Yonan, whose columns I have read for ages. Congratulations on the show. I'm looking forward to seeing all the episodes, and expanding my notion of what constitutes Mexican cuisine.

Connie Broski | April 11, 2011 8:39 AM

Hi Connie,
Many thanks for your comments. Joe Yonan is at the same time absolutely hilarious and so knowledgeable... Try those plantain quesadillas! And I hope you enjoy the rest...

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Connie Broski | April 11, 2011 10:29 PM

This program shows today for the first time in my area. I'm really looking forward to learning more about Mexican cuisine from this series. Thanks!


Cooking in Mexico | April 30, 2011 12:20 PM

on yesterdays show you made a salsa with onion, garlic, cilantro, oil, vinegar salt, said you used it on everything stored in the refrigerator, i think you made it on the show to serve with plaintain quesadillas but i don't see it on the web.
thanks pat

pat hill | June 26, 2011 3:12 PM

Hola Pat, here is a link to my Guajillo Chile Salsa:
I hope you try putting it on everything too!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from pat hill | June 28, 2011 2:39 PM

Hola Patricia. Me gusta mucho tu show. Todos los platillos que preparas se ven deliciosos. Oye, como se llama la cancion que tocan cada que sale tu show?


Maria | July 17, 2011 3:34 AM

I would love to buy a DVD of this series, for myself and to give as a gift. Will one be available anytime soon?

Kate | September 9, 2011 10:19 AM

I hope to have a DVD out by next season Kate! Thank you for asking!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Kate | September 14, 2011 3:10 PM

I LOVE your show. Just saw it for the first time this weekend, and am now a devotee! I absolutely loved the Plantain tortilla segment,and really wanted to be able to show it to my neighbor, who is a chef. However, I can't find a video of the entire episode, only the 15 second intro clip. Are you going to be posting the full video? (I hope, I hope.) Also, I missed the name of the cheese recommendation from Joe Yonan. It was the last one the two of you were talking about, and you picked up a large brick of it out of the cheese case. Can you please post the name.
Thank you!

Gabby | January 30, 2012 1:12 PM