Surf-n-Turf Quesadillas


4 Tbsp. toasted ground cumin
4 Tbsp. toasted ground coriander seeds
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Zest of 3 limes
Zest of 2 lemons
4 Tbsp. ground dried chile
2 Tbsp. dried chipotle
3 Tbsp. kosher salt
½ lb. flank steak
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 2 limes
½ lb. fresh rock shrimp, peeled and deveined
¼ lb. unsalted butter, plus additional for sautéing
¼ cup white wine
½ cup diced red pepper
½ cup diced yellow onion
1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
½ cup crumbled Cotija cheese
½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded Chihuahua cheese
4 10-inch flour tortillas
Neutral-flavored oil for sautéing


• First make the dry rub: Combine the first 8 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub half of the mixture on the steak. Cover the steak and bowl of seasoning and place both in the fridge. Marinate the steak overnight.

• Prepare the marinade for the shrimp: Add the lemon and lime juices to the remaining seasoning mixture. Combine in a bowl with the shrimp. Cover and marinate up to 2 hours.

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

• Poach the shrimp in ¼ pound of butter and the white wine over medium heat until the shrimp are cooked through. Remove from the pan and immediately chill.

• Grill the flank steak until medium-rare. Remove from heat and cut into 1∕8-inch slices.

• In a separate pan over high heat, flash-sauté the red pepper, onion and garlic in butter for no more than 45 seconds.

• In a medium bowl, combine the cheeses.

• To assemble the quesadillas: Evenly disburse 2/3 of the cheese mixture among the tortillas.

• Top each tortilla half with: 4 slices of the flank steak; 2 tablespoons of the pepper, onion and garlic mixture; and 6 pieces of rock shrimp.

• Top with the remaining cheese mixture. Fold the tortillas in half.

• Working in batches, place the quesadillas in a medium-hot skillet lightly coated with oil and cook until golden brown on both sides.

• Bake the quesadillas in the oven for no more than 5 minutes.

* Slice and serve with chipotle aioli and lime sour cream.

* For the chipotle aioli, combine ½ cup of mayonnaise with 1 teaspoon of freshly minced garlic and 1 tablespoon of chipotle powder.

* For the lime sour cream, combine ½ cup of sour cream with the zest and juice of 1 lime and salt and pepper to taste.

Tags : Shrimp , Steak , Mexican