I’ve learned maaaaaany things in this marriage of mine.

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Things like:

How to sleep without any covers.

How to grill, well… anything.

How to stock to a fridge so it overflows yet still produces nothing worthy of eating.

How to clean a bathroom without having to touch much of it.

How to unplug a hair dryer every time I use it.

How to ignore a four hour NASCAR race.

How to use up every inch of closet space.

How to coerce someone into enjoying unloading the dishwasher.

How to love country music.

How to ignore the rest of his music.

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How to justify any food/shoe/candle/[insert materialistic item here] purchase.

How to sleep (or lay there with my eyes closed) next to jet engine snoring.

How to make a mojito.

How to drink a mojito. (or ten.)

How to have the house to myself for the night. *

How to turn someone into a major cheese lover.

And just last week – how not to make a quesadilla.

This would be it. This would be the quesadilla that supposedly shouldn’t ever be made.

And I made it with a chicken quesadilla, so you know, OPTIONS. But was greeted with an “absolutely not” when I attempted to serve it and a “brussels sprouts in a quesadillas? You’re insane,” sort of look.

But you eat Brussels spouts in other things? So how can you pass them up when they are in buttery, crisp tortilla shells with bacon and cheese? 


I ate the quesadilla on my own.

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Today marks exactly five years of marriage for Eddie and me and that is completely insane. There are so many things that I thought would be different – like other jobs (worse ones), other homes (better ones), kids (cute ones?) and expectations (dumb ones.) It’s entirely too fitting that I’m sharing a recipe today that he wouldn’t even eat, not because he doesn’t enjoy my food (that would be a gigantic disaster in this life of mine) but because it symbolizes the life that we’ve come to love together where things aren’t always (or ever) perfect.

I also feel that, you know, being married and all and having to admit when you’re wrong (um, never?) also gives you a chance to get to know someone better than they know themselves. Which is why I can say that the minute he walked through the door that night, I could instantly tell he wasn’t in the mood to try something new. I wasn’t totally shocked when he thought Brussels in a quesadilla seemed way too weird, but had it been three years ago I would have bugged (nagged) him about it until he possibly 1. took a bite or b. became annoyed and ignored me for the rest of the evening.

Instead, I decided to just hang out and shove this quesadilla in my face while secretly knowing that he would love the combination and that most likely, within the next three months, he will eat it and totally forget about the night that he said it sounded gross.

So yeah. That’s what it’s all about. Five years, down the hatch! Hopefully 100 more to come, with lots of Brussels sprouts quesadillas.

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Brussels, Bacon + Bean Quesadillas

Yield: serves 2

Total Time: 30 minutes


4 slices bacon, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 pound brussels sprouts, stems removed and sliced
1 cup cannellini beans (if canned, drained and rinsed)
6 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
4 multigrain or whole wheat (8-inch) tortillas
olive oil or butter for crisping up the tortillas

homemade blue cheese dip
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled


Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Once the fat has rendered and the bacon begins to crisp, stir in the sliced brussels and cook until they are soft, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the garlic and the beans and cook for another minute. Turn off the heat.

Heat a large electric griddle or skillet (or even the same skillet, just empty it) over medium-low heat. To assemble the quesadillas, add a little smoked mozzarella on one side of each tortilla then cover evenly with the bacon brussels mixture. Top both with the remaining cheese and tortilla. Add a little olive oil or butter to the skillet and place the tortilla in once it's melted. Cook until the outsides are golden brown and crisp and the cheese has melted, about 3 minutes per side.

homemade blue cheese dip
Whisk together the yogurt, mayo, honey, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add in almost all of the crumbled blue cheese, then spoon the dip into a bowl. Top it with the remaining crumbled cheese.

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*put on a Girl’s marathon. Works like a charm.

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105 Responses to “Brussels, Bacon + Bean Quesadillas. (with homemade blue cheese dip.)”

  1. #
    Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks — October 10, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Love your lessons :)


  2. #
    ATasteOfMadness — October 10, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

    Wow! Happy anniversary!
    I can’t believe that you’d need to turn someone into a cheese lover..who doesn’t like cheese?
    And I don’t think I could pass up these quesadillas.. These look superb!


  3. #
    Liz S. — October 11, 2013 @ 6:03 am

    Wishing you two a very happy anniversary and a lifetime together!

    Amazing quesadillas and use of brussels sprouts.


  4. #
    Pru — October 11, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Oh my gosh….I can totally relate to every bullet item here. Except for the country music one. I’m still trying to like it.

    I get the look of “Are you insane” more times than not. :-) And I proudly say “Yes! Yes! I am insane!” This coming after 23 years of marriage!!

    The Brussels sprouts in a quesadilla? Genius. I can’t wait to try this.

    Wishing you a beautiful anniversary…and many many more to come. <3


  5. #
    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — October 11, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    Happy Anniversary! I love your list of things you have learned. So funny, and so true! And brussels in a quesadilla sounds pretty genius to me!


  6. #
    Cristina — October 11, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    Congrats on 5 years! I’m pretty newly married (8 months) and we never lived together before. It’s so funny the things you learn. I definitely have to work on not nagging him to try things! But I’m pretty sure we’d both be in love with these quesadillas, at least.


  7. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — October 11, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    Of all those things that make me grateful I’m NOT married, the snoring tops the list; I had WAY too many sleepless nights.

    Now about this quesadilla. Love the sprouts…they’ve come a long way baby and I say why not in a cheesy, bacony, warm treat?!!

    Happy Anniversary and here’s to many more!


  8. #
    Nora — October 11, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    Congratulations on five years! That’s a great list.

    I’m a long-time lurker who just realized that we have the same wedding anniversary (different years). ; )

    Happy (belated) Anniversary!


  9. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — October 11, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

    I’m not a fan of brussel sprouts either, but quesadillas are one of my favorite things ever and I will eat just about anything in them if there is also cheese. These quesadillas look so, soo good! I love that first picture with them all stacked on top of each other. I want all of them. :)


  10. #
    Jessica — October 11, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    Hmm Brussel Sprouts — may have to try. Never really made them before but I love Quesadillas. Thanks for sharing.


  11. #
    Christina Gathright — October 11, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    Congrats on 5 years! These look awesome! Brussel sprouts with bacon and cheese, OMG yes!


  12. #
    Liz @Life Made Sweet — October 12, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Haha! That is hilarious! I would never pass up on these quesadillas! They sound amazing and I am totally making this! Thank you for the fabulous recipe!


  13. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — October 12, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    Jet engine snoring <—- I never even knew what this was until I met and married my husband. The only antidote I've found is stuffing my face with deliciousness like this so that I can sleep like a babe. Love it!


  14. #
    Two Red Bowls — October 12, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    Hahaha I laughed so much at your list! “How to clean a bathroom without having to touch much of it” — that one, I NEED to learn. I have to disagree with your husband — this quesadilla sounds OUT OF CONTROL good! I’m always making things that my boyfriend wrinkles his nose at too (and then like you I just happily stuff it in my face and enjoy having it all to myself.) Thanks for this idea, I’ll have to make it one day — when it’s just me having dinner :)


  15. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes — October 14, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    Well, I think food he didn’t eat will make the anniversary stand out more along the way! Congrats girl, to you and Eddie! And I wouldn’t mind stuffing myself with that pile , it’s cheese and tortillas after all!


  16. #
    The Mrs. — October 14, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    Insane! Must try!!!


  17. #
    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — October 15, 2013 @ 4:47 am

    What a great idea for quesadillas!


  18. #
    Chrysa — October 15, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    I made these tonight and they were amazing! Thank you, Jessica, for your continued hard work and recipe development. I never would have thought of putting Brussels sprouts in quesadillas!


  19. #
    CathyKarr05 — October 16, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    My Uncle Jeremiah got a 2013 Mercedes-Benz R-Class Wagon from only workin part time on a home computer. website link Bow6com


  20. #
    Katie — December 7, 2013 @ 12:10 am

    This recipe was delicious! Definitely a keeper. I used turkey bacon and noticed there wasn’t much fat lingering as bacon would have, so I included a little bit of coconut oil (which melted immediately) when I dumped in the brussels sprouts. Worked like a charm.


  21. #
    Libby — May 31, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

    Very good, made these tonight, couldn’t find smoked mozzarella, so I used mozzarella and added smoked paprika to the veggie mixture. I cut the cheese back to 4 oz and it was enough. The whole family, including my 3 and 6 year old (and husband) all loved them. Slicing /shredding up greens and things like brussell sprouts is a sure fire way to get my kids to eat it, vs a whole brussell sprout. Creative idea, definitely would make again. I also didn’t tell my husband what they were, just let him try it and decide for himself.


  22. #
    Ratna — July 21, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

    I am so glad that I found your blog randomly on my dash on tumblr. Apart from the delicious looking quesadillas I am so in love with your writing style. I love how I caught myself smiling or chuckling while I was reading. I’m really excited to try out this recipe!


  23. #
    Poe — September 25, 2014 @ 12:46 am

    Leave that disgusting blue cheese off of there and it looks delicious.


  24. #
    Bethany — June 21, 2015 @ 9:44 pm

    These are amazing. My husband and my 2 year old wolfed them down. So, so good. Your hubby has no idea what he is missing.



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