String Cheese - Please! Quesadillas and More
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Updated on December 2, 2019 w/ new string cheese tip :) Bottom of the post.
One of my Attendings used to eat multiple string cheeses as a snack during clinic and would always offer me some when we were busy. I thought it was funny and cute.
You may think string cheese is only for kid's school lunches, but you can use it as an ingredient when you are cooking. String cheese melts really well -- because they are usually mozzarella or cheddar. I tend to buy Galbani. You can use it quesadillas, pasta, sandwiches or anything really.
And it's pretty healthy too. They have no carbs, 7g of protein, 185mg of Calcium (15% of recommended daily value) and are about 80 calories. I usually only use 1/3 or 1/2 of a string cheese for a recipe for myself, so it's even less calories.
Like the snack size of fresh mozzarella I wrote about in the French Bread pizza post, I like string cheese because it is stored in individual packages. It lasts a long time in the fridge, so you can have cheese whenever you want and you don't have to worry about it going bad.
Using string cheese is an easy way to add cheese to recipes to monitor how much you are adding -- to keep track of calories.
This quesadilla recipe is a really quick and easy and I'm talking quick: total cook and prep time is 3-5 minutes. A cheese quesadilla also only takes 2 ingredients: tortilla and part of a string cheese. Here, I just used 1/2 of a big Mission tortilla. I find that 1/3 of a string cheese is enough for 1/2 of a big tortilla. It is only about 100 calories total for this quesadilla (1/2 tortilla = 70 calories and 1/3 of a string cheese = ~27 calories). You can use 1/2 or even a whole string cheese to make it extra cheesy.
I turn on the small pan to medium to medium-high and put oil or cooking spray.
I tear off the amount of cheese I want and arrange it on the tortilla as in the photo.
Usually I pre-melt the cheese and warm up the tortilla by microwaving it for 15-20 seconds.
Note: This is about a cheese quesadilla, but if you have any meat or veggies around, you can throw those in there if you want. If you do add meat or veggies, I recommend microwaving it longer to make sure the meat/veggies are cooked.
You could also just eat it after microwaving it for 30-45 seconds, but I like the crunchy outside when you cook it in a pan. It only takes 1-2 minutes total to fry it.
Then, I put the quesadilla onto the pan. In this case, you do want to watch it and check it every 15-30 seconds because it can go from golden-brown to burnt -- real fast! I've found that out the hard way. :) Anyways, once one side is golden-brown, flip it and do the same. I usually pat it down with a paper towel to take out any extra oil.
Try it! We are good at this!
Recipe and steps are below this picture.
Quick and Easy String Cheese Quesadilla
- String cheese
- Vegetable oil or cooking spray
- Any meat or veggies you have around (optional)
1.) Turn pan with oil or cooking spray in it on to medium or medium-high.
2.) Tear off as much string cheese as you want and arrange it on the tortilla.
3.) Microwave the tortilla/string cheese for 15-20 seconds to pre-melt cheese and warm up the tortilla.
-- If you add meat / veggies, microwave it long enough to make sure they are warmed through or microwave them separately and add them to the tortilla after they are warmed through. Cooking it in the pan is only to make the outside crunchy. You can eat it after you microwave it if you want.
4.) Put it in the pan and watch it closely until it is golden-brown. Check every 15-30 seconds and flip when the first side is cooked to your liking.
Shredded Cheese from String Cheese!
This is a quick little hack in case you don't have shredded cheese around and you do have string cheese.
It's not the most novel idea I've ever had and it seems pretty obvious, but it could help you in a pinch and you might not have thought of it. :)
You can just tear thin strips off of the string cheese and then cut them into small pieces. Voila!
On the right is the result of 3 string cheese, which are each 1 oz. of cheese, so it's 3 oz. of cheese.
Give it a try! We are good at this!