foodie fridays: devil in a ‘dilla with apricot bourbon glaze

devil in a ‘dilla with apricot bourbon glaze

I just can’t do it.

Every time they appear on the TV screen, I immediately shut my eyes. My heart begins to beat quickly as if there is a large gaggle outside my front door. And my hands begin to perspire because I have no idea how to use a crossbow, nor do I know a guy named Darryl.

I’m talking about the Walking Dead zombies.


Yes, I realize I’m 31 years-old and its a made-up TV show, but a girl can only handle so much neck-gnawing, intestine-eating and knife-stabbing action! The funny thing is, zombies are the dumbest and least scary in the realm of horror creatures. Jason, Freddy, and Mike Myers are the all-time scariest characters that I would like to permanently erase from my memory.

I remember accidentally watching Jason one Halloween when I was in grade school and sleeping on my parents floor because I was so freaked out he was going to find and ’86 me. Oh, and then there was the time I watched the Exorcist because my brother thought it was a good idea. I slept with crucifix for over a month.

devil in a ‘dilla with apricot bourbon glaze

Clearly, anything with horror on the tube is not my cup of tea. All I know is that I hope Darryl survives the show because he is clearly a badass and if the Apocalypse goes down, I need his number. But let’s talk real quick about something that is far from scary. Yes, it has the word devil in it, but it’s more like let’s be naughty because it’s Friday, yo.

We are all familiar with the famous appetizer, Devil on Horseback. A date stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon. One of my favs! But I thought it would be fun to put the devil in a different vehicle. Enter the, quesadilla. Fill it with all the usual ingredients, but a little more cheese. It’s so easy a zombie could do it!

devil in a ‘dilla with apricot bourbon glaze

Devil in a ‘dilla with Apricot Bourbon Glaze

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


For the quesadillas:
4 flour tortillas
1 4oz plain goat cheese, room temperature
1 ½ cups dates, pits removed, cut in half
4 pieces of bacon, cooked, chopped
1 jalapeno, sliced into rounds
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

For the apricot bourbon glaze:
¼ cup apricot jam
2 tablespoons bourbon


For the quesadillas:
Preheat a panini press. Spread about a tablespoon of goat cheese on one side of the tortilla. Fold the tortilla in half creating a crescent. This will give you a guideline of how much to fill on one half of the tortilla so you don’t overfill. Next, add dates, once piece of bacon, three jalapeno rounds and about ½ cup mozzarella cheese. Fold the tortilla and place on panini press. Let it grill for about two or three minutes. Remove from panini and repeat with remaining tortillas. Pour apricot bourbon glaze over top and serve immediately.

For the apricot bourbon glaze:
In a medium saucepan, add the apricot jam and bourbon. Bring to simmer and stir. Cook for about a minute or until warmed through.

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28 Responses to “foodie fridays: devil in a ‘dilla with apricot bourbon glaze”

  1. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 7, 2014 at 13:50

    Sold! These ‘dillas look great and I love the name you gave them.

    • Lauren replied: — March 7th, 2014 @ 14:34

      Thanks, friend!! The ‘dilla needs to be used more often!

  2. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — March 7, 2014 at 14:11

    These sound so amazingly good!

    • Lauren replied: — March 7th, 2014 @ 14:35

      Thank you, Kevin!

  3. #
    Maria — March 7, 2014 at 14:13

    Wow, just wow!

    • Lauren replied: — March 7th, 2014 @ 14:35

      Thank you, Maria! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — March 7, 2014 at 14:36

    SO creative. I love love this Lauren! Also, I cannot handle the stupid Scream mask. I watched when I was 12 and never got over it!

    • Lauren replied: — March 7th, 2014 @ 15:24

      LOL!! Totally forgot about that guy!! It’s scary as heck too! Have a wonderful weekend, Erin!

  5. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — March 7, 2014 at 14:43

    Insane. Want. Stat.

    • Lauren replied: — March 7th, 2014 @ 15:24

      Coming right up! Thanks, Paula!

  6. #
    meredith n sock monkey slippers — March 7, 2014 at 14:57

    Looks amazing!

    • Lauren replied: — March 7th, 2014 @ 15:25

      Thank you, Meredith!

  7. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — March 7, 2014 at 14:58

    Ummm, just wow! These dillas are like devils on horseback raised to the gazillionth power! I can barely watch the previews for horror movies, let alone the entire thing.

    • Lauren replied: — March 7th, 2014 @ 15:26

      LOL!! I love that you used raised! This is why I heart you! Thanks, Kelli!

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    Tieghan — March 7, 2014 at 15:39

    Looks so good! I have never seen a quesadilla like this one! Mmm!

    • Lauren replied: — March 7th, 2014 @ 15:40

      Thanks, Tieghan! Have a fab weekend!!

  9. #
    Maria | Pink Patisserie — March 7, 2014 at 17:36

    This recipe is just so, good on so many levels.. Truly mouthwatering..

  10. #
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — March 7, 2014 at 19:02

    Horror isn’t my thing either, but I’m sold on this quesadilla! Love the combination of dates, goat cheese and bacon!

  11. #
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — March 8, 2014 at 04:41

    Oh Lauren. Now I can’t stop thinking of these ‘dillas! I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed them.

  12. #
    Sherri McNary — March 8, 2014 at 14:23

    I am definitely going to make this. The combinations sound interesting!

  13. #
    Paula – bell’alimento — March 9, 2014 at 00:36

    These sound and look so amazingly delish!

  14. #
    Joanne — March 9, 2014 at 13:53

    Yeah, scary movies/tv shows are not my thing either! It makes me wonder how I used to watch Buffy back in the day and still sleep at night!

    I ate quite my share of devils on horseback back in my meat-eating days! Defintiely more perfect in dilla form though.

  15. #
    Liren — March 10, 2014 at 00:10

    Scary movies and I, well, we don’t quite hang out together. Maybe once in a while (I’m such a scaredy cat!). But this. THIS I would gladly have, all day long!

  16. #
    Megan {Country cleaver} — March 10, 2014 at 01:22

    I am the biggest movie wimp you shall ever meet!! Let’s just stick with Rom Coms and action movies – deal? And a ‘dilla, to calm my nerves. Natch.

  17. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — March 10, 2014 at 14:42

    Brilliant! I’d gladly unhinge my jaw to eat that entire dilla-stack. LOVE!

  18. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 18, 2014 at 01:45

    Oh my. I can just imagine what those flavors and textures are like together – beautiful!

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