Corned Beef Quesadilla with Chipotle-Russian Dressing Recipe

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Corned Beef Quesadilla with Chipotle-Russian Dressing Recipe
Corned Beef Quesadilla
South West NY

Corned Beef Quesadilla

Executive Chef Wade Burch of South West NY serves this twist on the traditional Irish corned beef with a quesadilla

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Deliver Ingredients


For the Russian dressing:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup scallions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle pepper purée   

For the quesadilla:

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus extra for coating tortillas
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 rye or whole wheat flour tortillas
  • 6 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
  • ¾ pound corned beef, thinly sliced


For the Russian dressing:

Mix mayonnaise, ketchup, scallions, sweet pickle relish, and chipotle pepper purée together. Chill until needed.

For the quesadilla:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a sauté pan, sauté the onions in 1 tablespoon oil until lightly tanned. Add sauerkraut and cumin. Continue cooking for 5 minutes more until dried.

Lightly coat bottoms of 3 tortillas with vegetable oil and lay out on cutting board. Cover with ½ of the cheese. Coat with single layer of corned beef, then sauerkraut. Cover with another layer of corned beef, then with remaining cheese and tortillas. Press down to compact. Lightly coat tops with vegetable oil.

Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned on the outside and melted on the inside. You can alternatively use a Teflon pan or griddle and cook these on the stove top.

Cut each quesadilla into 8 wedges. Serve with the dressing.

Corned Beef Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Corned Beef Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.

Corned Beef Wine Pairing

Most red wines, including cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nebbiolo, nero d'avola, primitivo, barbera, and sangiovese.