Cactus leaves are also called nopal or nopales. Cactus leaf is widely used in Mexican cuisine. Here they use cactus leaves in salads, tacos, minced meat or with eggs and many believe in the healing power of cactus leaf. But feel free to use cactus leaf in a blender, together with orange juice; a delicious and healthy juice! Don't forget to remove the needles :-)
2 cactus leaf
1 red onion (chopped)
1 garlic clove (chopped)
2 jalapeño (chopped)
125g creme fraiche
150g cheddar (grated)
Remove the spines from the cactus leaf by moving a peeler horizontally across the leaf and scraping / cutting off the spines. Cut off the edge around the cactus leaf. Then cut them into thin strips.
Cook the cactus leaf for about 10 minutes in a pan with boiling water and salt. Then drain.
Heat olive oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic. Then add the cactus leaf and bake for 5 more minutes.
Spread half of the tortilla with crème fraiche and then top with the cactus leaf, onion, garlic and some cheddar. Close the tortillas.
Heat some olive oil in a skillet and briefly fry the quesadillas until golden brown and crispy. Then cut into triangle slices.