Flank Steak and Gorgonzola Quesadillas

Flank Steak and Gorgonzola Quesadillas

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas.psd

Happy Monday! I guess? I personally could have used another day or 10 of the weekend, but time kept moving, as it so often does, and suddenly it’s Monday morning once again. Just once I’d like time to actually slow down on the weekends or to magically add an extra 24 hours in there. But all I can do is thank goodness that at the end of most every weekend, I can at least say I had a fabulous one.

File THIS under coolest thing I did this weekend:


(No, not get afflicted with a weird lazy eye). I went flying! My friend Libby recently got her pilot’s license and she took me and Chris on a little tour. I’m not going to lie– I was SUPER nervous beforehand. If you know me in real life, you know adventure and I don’t really get along. But I wanted to try it and even though Libby is a new pilot, she’s the kind of person that you just sort of trust in situations like this (though come to think of it, maybe I should have worried she’d try to get revenge for when I was allegedly mean to her in 7th grade. Luckily that didn’t happen!). Anyway, we flew around the Gloucester and Rockport area and were lucky to have a perfectly clear day.


The ride was slightly bumpy from the wind, but not too bad and definitely worth it for all those crazy awesome views. It felt kind of crazy to be thousands of feet above ground with just my friend and my husband… Who would have thought back when we met in elementary school that Libby would be flying the skies? I love it! And now I’m pretty sure Chris has caught the flying bug, so this should be interesting!

Safely back on the ground in my kitchen (phew!), I whipped up some dinner. Quesadillas! Sometimes quesadillas remind me of the after school snack I prepared pretty much every day when I was in middle school. But I’m pretty sure those ones just involved cheese and some salsa. These ones involved flank steak. And gorgonzola cheese. So I would say that equals a major life improvement.

Flank Steak and Gorgonzola Quesadillas (makes about 4 quesadillas):
Print this recipe!

  • 1 lb. flank steak, marinated and grilled (see below for preparation and marinade)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 4 oz. gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 avocado

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas Ingredients.jpg

Southwestern Marinated Flank Steak:
Print this recipe!

  • 1 lb. flank steak
  • 1/4 C freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1/2 t coarse salt
  • 2 T olive oil

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadilla Marinade Ingredients.jpg

My flank steak was pretty large and I knew I wouldn’t need all of it for the quesadillas, so I cut it in half and wrapped one half in plastic wrap, put it in a freezer ziplock bag, and popped it in the freezer.

I put the lime juice, minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and olive oil in a large ziplock bag. Then I placed the flank steak in bag and made sure marinade was distributed evenly. I put the steak in fridge for 1-3 hours to marinade.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadilla Marinade.jpg

I heated my grill pan (you can use an outdoor grill if you have one!) until extremely hot and placed flank steak on it.

Grilled for about 1.5 minutes and then rotated for better grill marks. Grilled for another 1.5 minutes.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadilla Steak Grill.jpg

Now I flipped the steak and grilled for another 1.5, rotated, and grilled for 1.5 more. At this point your smoke detectors will probably start going off. Mine did. And let me tell you, the smoke detectors in this apartment are not fun. I think my head still hurts.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadilla Steak Grill 2.jpg

My steak was cooked to a nice medium-rare, so I removed from grill pan and placed it on a cutting board to cool a bit.

Then I sliced it into strips, cutting against the grain.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas Steak.jpg

In the meantime, I put my onions in a sauté pan with a little bit of olive oil and some salt and pepper.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadilla Onions.jpg

After sautéing over medium heat for about 5 minutes, I tossed in my sliced jalapeños.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadilla Onions Jalapenos.jpg

I continued to sauté until onions were nice and caramelized.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadilla Onions Caramelized.jpg

I lightly brushed tortillas with olive oil and placed one on my grill pan (cleaned from the steak!) over medium heat. I sprinkled some gorgonzola cheese on the tortilla, topped with steak, onions and jalapeño, and then a little more cheese.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas Build 2.jpg

And placed another tortilla over the top, cooked for about one minute, and then flipped and cooked for another two minutes.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas Build 3.jpg

And continued with remaining tortillas and filling.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas Build 4.jpg

If you’re so inclined, mash up an avocado as a little condiment. Avocado is always welcome at my dinner table, especially when Mexican-style food is involved.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas 3.jpg

I cut the quesadillas with a pizza cutter and then let the feast begin! These made me really, really happy and were most definitely an upgrade from the ones I used to make in middle school. Though who knows where I’d be today if I came home from school and whipped up flank steak with gorgonzola cheese when I was 12. We’ll never know.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas 6.jpg

I’m just happy I made it to here now. Because it’s a marvelous place to be.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas 4.jpg

All of these flavors just went together so well and made me incredibly happy. If you think you don’t like gorgonzola cheese, try it like this and I think you might change your mind.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas 13.jpg

This also made me kind of crave summer when we can actually cook the steak on the grill. And then go sit in the sun. And then go for a dip in the pool. And just be amazingly happy and warm. Sans down winter coat and ridiculous fur earmuffs. Hey, at least it’s supposed to be in the 20s here in Boston today? And it might even rise above 32 tomorrow. Hallelujah!

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas 11.jpg

But at the same time, this really is the kind of comfort food that 10 degree weather craves. It’s all warmth and coziness.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas 8.jpg

I keep getting crazy happy that I have another pound of flank steak in my freezer and wondering what I’m going to do with it. But if we’re being honest, I’ll probably make more of these quesadillas because I’m totally already craving them again. I’m pretty sure that’s a sign of a good meal.

Flank Steak Gorgonzola Quesadillas 12.jpg

My Monday would be so much happier if these could be waiting for me when I got home. With open arms. And cheesy filling. At least I know I have The Bachelor waiting for me. It’s Monday, so I’ll take what I can get.

What’s your ideal quesadilla?


22 Responses to "Flank Steak and Gorgonzola Quesadillas"

  1. leslie says:

    Oh how fun!!! I am not sure I would have been able to do it.
    Love your quesadilla. My fav? Can I say them all???? 🙂

  2. i saw your pics of the plane trip on instagram & was so jealous, as i spent the day driving. boo. these quesadillas sound fancy & fabulous!

  3. Such a cool flight! Beautiful views!

    I love anything that has steak and Gorgonzola…two flavors and textures that can go anywhere together 🙂

  4. So cool that your friend took you guys on a tour! I’m not very adventurous either but I’d like to try this too. Oh and you can’t go wrong with steak and gorgonzola!

  5. Chris says:

    Love these quesadillas! Really hit the spot after a long work week. As far as catching the flight bug.. I definitely did. I can not wait to take my intro flight next weekend (if the weather plays nice). I have a feeling this won’t be your last flight 😀

    Such a great weekend filled with both excitement and great food. Great job Sues!

  6. Lexi says:

    these sound SO good! I will need to try these soon!

  7. Libby says:

    I didn’t know there would be post-flight snacks! These look awesome!

  8. Ashley says:

    These look so delicious! Definitely a huge step up from the quesadillas I made as a youngster. And your indoor grilling skills are enviable, especially those beautiful grill marks! Now I’m hungry…

  9. Gia Grossman says:

    Wow that’s awesome you have a pilot friend! How cool. And this dinner looks pretty sweet. All my favorite things!!

  10. Quesadillas are my go-to dinner at least once a week. I love how versatile they are, and usually use black beans, vegetables, cheese, and avocado in mine.

  11. Megan says:

    That flight must have been amazing! And the quesadillas look great too. I make them all the time. My ideal quesadilla is a summer one with lots of avocado, ripe tomato, corn right off the cob, maybe some arugula, and definitely cheese. Oh, and bacon!

  12. I looooove the combination of beef and gorgonzola. It’s one of my favorites for savory dishes. Also, kudos on being brave enough to go up there! I’m really scared of tiny planes and helicopters, it looks like so much fun but I don’t know if I’d have the willpower to make myself get in haha. The views you got look amazing though!

  13. Odetta says:

    Love this post! Everything about it!!

  14. Claudia says:

    My favorite quesadilla is any one I am currently looking at. I just love them. Steak+ gorgonzola = heaven. At all times. Brave and trusting friend. I am not good at looking out windows of airplanes. But I do love your photos. Because I wasn’t up in the air taking them.

  15. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy says:

    YUM! These sound a-amazing! Now pair that with a margarita and you’re golden. 🙂

  16. Joanne says:

    Whoa! What a super cool weekend! I’m impressed you had the courage to do it!

    I somehow never think to make quesadillas and I’m not sure why. These are so fun!

  17. Shannon says:

    how cool is that! i would’ve been scared too 😉 these quesadillas look fabulous, should remember them when i’m wondering what to make for the big game!

  18. Erica says:

    Love quesadillas and this one looks and sounds delicious! Great combination of flavors. Thank you for visiting my blog!

  19. Jenn says:

    Oh Wow! I would have been scared out of my mind! I don’t even like getting on large planes… those small ones are scary!!
    I must tell you.. I did not realize until today that my ideal quesadillas is one that you make for me… especially if it’s this one!! lol Look fantastic!!

  20. All I can say is yum. Super yum!

  21. Rachel says:

    Wow, incredible views! Sounds like such a blast. Oh and the quesadillas look amazing! What could be bad about flank steak and gorgonzola…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *