Romeo and Juliet…Guava and Cheese Quesadilla

Recently I attended the ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet.   Yes, the classic, timeless, tragic story of forbidden love.   I love the ballet; it’s both magical and beautiful to watch the drama, emotion and passion expressed through dance by these amazing performers.  I was pleasantly surprised to receive the ticket from my friend Martha following her birthday luncheon.

So what happens when a food lover like me watches Romeo and Juliet?  First, I’m brought to tears and then I think about… food.  I own and read so many cookbooks that every now and then, or more often than not, something I had read will trigger my memory.  “Romeo and Juliet”…. “Guava and Cheese”!  I read that the combination of cheese and guava is also known as Romeo and Juliet; a perfect match!

I was introduced to this combination last summer. Goudacheese topped with sweet guava paste or guava jelly/marmalade.  Guava tastes like a mix of strawberry and mango.  Its sweetness is similar to any jam or jelly; the fruit is cooked down with sugar and formed into a jelled paste or marmalade.

The type of cheese varies by individual preference and heritage.  I’ve mostly had it withGouda; however, cream cheese and a Brazilian cheese called Minas are also popular.   Guava topped on cream cheese for a dessert plate reminds me of a deconstructed cheesecake.  For breakfast, guava marmalade lightly spread on toast with cream cheese or for appetizers, served with crackers.

I took it one step further and made it into quesadillas.  Totally yummy!! Gouda melting with the guava paste; the cheese mellows out the sweetness of the guava.  Serve with a nice green salad to compliment the flavors and balance out the sweetness.  Or serve as a dessert quesadilla with a drizzle of pureed guava sauce and a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar!!

Guava and Gouda Quesadillas

Flour tortillas

Guava paste, sliced thin

Gouda Cheese, shredded

Olive oil

Heat a large cast iron pan or griddle with a light coating of olive oil.  On a cutting board or cookie sheet, lay the tortillas flat and sprinkle cheese on 1 half of each tortilla.  Place thin slices of guava paste on top of cheese.  Amount of cheese to guava varies on your personal preference.   I like a balanced amount of both cheese to guava, about ¼ cup of each; just not too thick.  Fold the tortillas in half and place on heated pan.  Cook until lightly brown, about 2 minutes.  Use a spatula to flip the quesadilla and continue to cook until browned and cheese/guava is melty and gooey.  Allow to rest a few minutes before cutting and serving to firm up the cheese.

26 thoughts on “Romeo and Juliet…Guava and Cheese Quesadilla

  1. I like the inspiration behind the recipe! Romeo and Juliet as ballet sounds spectacular. Was there still acting/talking in it? And mmm, gouda–my favorite cheese before I went cheese-less. While there’s no fake gouda, there ARE some great vegan cream cheese substitutes, might have to try a cream cheese and jam quesadilla now, the combo sounds like the perfect treat-that’s-still-dinner.

    1. The ballet was spectacular, no talking but you can certainly feel their emotions and understand through their dance and expressions! I didn’t mention it in the post, but I have made this with banana and guava and almond butter and guava – almost like a pb&j!! That might work for you and other dairy free eaters!

  2. Linda, Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your very nice comment. Your blog is lovely and I’m looking forward to doing some browsing. I have never had guava paste but am looking forward to trying some. It just looks delicious in that quesadilla!

  3. So glad you loved the ballet. How passionate and expressive you are which sifts right into your cooking as well. The Guava and Cheese sound scrumptious. I will have to try it.

    Hugs Martha

  4. Romeo and Juliet..Guava and cheese. That’s really interesting, I never knew that! Either way this looks delicious, and I agree with Rufus, you really do have a flair in the kitchen that I truly admire!

  5. Oh yum!!!!! This sounds wonderful!!! I would have never thought to pair Gouda cheese with guava, but now that I’m thinking about it, I’d so much love to try it! I’ll have to see if I can find some guava paste!

    Love the ballet by the way, but it’s been a long time since I went (we work on weekends).

  6. Guava paste + cream cheese is really popular around here but never heard of pairing it with gouda cheeese. This looks and sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Okay that looks out of this world delicious. The tart and sweet guava with the smoothness of the cheese is just spectacular. Wow, I wish I was having those for dinner tonight

  8. I love the pairing of guava and cheese. I never thought to make it into a quesadilla. I would have this at any time of the day. Looks great!

  9. Guava and cheese in a nicely grilled quesadilla? You are not fair my friend…introducing me to such deliciousness. I have never baked with guava paste. I would love to make a breakfast pastry with mascarpone or something. You really have my creative juices inspired. Guava is such a delicious fruit.

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