by Locke Hughes for SHAPE.com
Grilled corn, onion, and whipped cilantro goat cheese quesadillaElevate your backyard cooking this summer by adding a touch of smoke to these surprising recipes.
1. Grilled corn, onion, and whipped cilantro goat cheese quesadilla: Think outside the cheddar-and-chicken box: This quesadilla features an herbed goat and cream cheese mixture and one of summer's show-stopping ingredients: fresh sweet corn.
2 ounces goat cheese
1 ounce cream cheese
1 large ear sweet corn
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/3 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 to 3 whole-wheat tortillas
1. Light grill. Place goat cheese and cream cheese in a bowl, and set aside.
2. Remove husk and silk from corn and rub with olive oil. (For a little extra kick, rub with a bit of chipotle powder.) Place corn and onions on grill. Cook until both are charred, about 8 to 10 minutes, turning corn and flipping onions as needed.
3. Stir goat cheese and cream
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