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Chef Ming Tsai Shares a Party Favorite: Quesadillas

The Simply Ming star -- and "sandwich king" -- shares how to make his delicious gorgonzola and gingered pear quesadillas.

By Jonna Gallo Weppler

He was practically raised in his family's Dayton, Ohio, restaurant, cooking alongside his parents. As a mechanical engineering student at Yale, Ming chose to spend summers at Paris' famous Le Cordon Bleu. More culinary training followed, then a master's degree in hospitality at Cornell. Now, talk about a full plate: two Boston-area hot spots, five cookbooks and 10 seasons as the star of Simply Ming on public television. Here, the dad of two boys (10 and 13) and so-called sandwich king -- "I'm known to put pretty much anything between two slices of bread" -- shares a party favorite.

Gorgonzola and Gingered Pear Quesadillas

4 ripe pears, preferably Bosc
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon minced ginger
8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
8 large flour tortillas
8 thin slices ham or prosciutto
Canola oil


Recipe Rejigger: Instead of tortillas, use mu shu wrappers, available at many Asian markets.


Originally published in the June 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

Recipe from: Simply Ming in Your Kitchen: 80 Recipes to Watch, Learn, Cook & Enjoy by Ming Tsai with Arthur Boehm, Kyle Books, 2012. Photographs by Bill Bettencourt.