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Smoked-Salmon Matzo Quesadillas With Warm Tomatoes

Eileen Goltz | Fish

Ingredients

1 small red onion, thinly sliced crosswise
6 oz cream cheese, softened
6 oz soft mild goat cheese at room temperature
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
12 matzo (water to dip it in)
1 lb sliced smoked salmon (preferably Nova)
1 firm-ripe avocado
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise (2 2/3 cups)
4 cups loosely packed arugula leaves (2 to 3 bunches)


Instructions

Dip the matzo in water and then place them on paper towels to soften. Soak sliced onion in a bowl of ice and cold water 15 minutes, then drain well and

pat dry. While onion soaks, stir together cheeses, chives, zest, and pepper in a bowl with a rubber spatula until combined well. Spread about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons cheese mixture evenly over each of 2 matzo. Top 1 matzo with an even layer of salmon, covering cream cheese completely, then top with other matzo, cheese side down. Make 5 more matzo quesadillas in same manner, then stack on a plate and chill, covered with plastic wrap, until ready to heat. Halve, pit, and peel avocado, then cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Lightly brush avocado slices with lemon juice. Heat griddle over high heat until very hot, then reduce heat to moderate. Lightly brush 2 quesadillas on both sides with some oil, then toast on griddle (1 at a time if necessary) until undersides are golden with some blackened spots, approx 2 to 3 min. Flip quesadillas over with a spatula and toast until undersides are golden with some blackened spots, 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to a baking sheet, arranging in 1 layer, and cover with foil to keep warm. Toast remaining quesadillas in same manner, using a second baking sheet. Heat remaining oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook tomatoes, stirring occasionally and seasoning with salt and pepper, until just beginning to soften, about 1 minute. Transfer quesadillas to plates, then top with onion, avocado, tomatoes, and arugula. Makes 6 servings.