Mini pumpkin corn quesadillas with Brazilian avocado butter

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves12
  • DifficultyHard

For the Brazilian avocado butter

2 ripe avocados, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tbsp honey (or more, if you like it sweeter)
60ml olive oil

For the quesadillas

Vegetable cooking spray
12 (1cm) slices from a roll of plain pre-cooked polenta (sometimes known as a polenta chub)
Butter, to saute
1/2 finely diced red onion
50g kabocha or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1cm dice
60g sweet corn kernels
12 (1cm) rounds of goat or other mild melty cheese, ideally same diameter as the polenta rounds
Jalapeno jelly, for garnish
1) Preheat the grill and set a cast iron griddle or frying pan and 2 medium saute pans to warm up over a medium-high heat. Meanwhile, make the Brazilian avocado butter.

2) Place all the butter ingredients, except for the salt, in a mixing bowl and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Salt, blend, taste; add more salt and honey if needed. Set aside.

3) Spray the griddle with vegetable spray and fry the polenta disks for a few minutes until brown on each side.

4) Melt 1 tbsp of butter in one of the saute pans and cook the red onion and squash until golden and yummy, stirring constantly. It won't take long.

5) Toss the sweetcorn into the other saute pans with a spray of cooking spray and toast.

6) Lay the polenta rounds on a foiled baking tray. Top with a dollop of avocado butter and sprinkle on a little onion, corn and squash. Do not overcrowd the round. Top with the cheese and grill until the cheese melts and covers the filling.

7) Garnish each round with a small dollop of the jalapeno jelly (red or green) and serve immediately (4 on a plate for a big meal, 2 on a plate for tapas for 6, or 1 per person as starters for 12).

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