We made it back from South Africa in one piece! It was a crazy couple of weeks traveling all over South Africa and Swaziland. There is SO MUCH beautiful scenery and so many amazing animals to take in, I wholeheartedly recommend visiting. I must apologize for the lack of posts over the last two weeks. Originally I thought I could easily whip together a few posts in between meals and sightseeing – boy was I wrong. There were only a few places we stayed that had easy access to computers or nearby internet cafes. Additionally, I must admit that once I got there, I just really enjoyed disconnecting. I could go on for hours about this trip but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by all the amazing food we experienced. Keep an eye out for some new recipes inspired by our South African adventures!
Alright, let’s get down to business. One of my all time favorite holidays is quickly approaching! Saint Patrick’s Day! My family likes to keep St. Patty’s day fairly traditional. For as long as I can remember my parents have always made corned beef and cabbage, Guinness stew, and soda bread. It is always delicious and they always make too much. Thankfully for us, that means Reubens the next day with all the leftover corned beef. I wanted to spice up one of my all-time favorite sandwiches and make a fun appetizer that can be shared with a group. These Rueben Quesadillas with Russian Dressing are an awesome shareable dish that pair perfectly with a Guinness!
I have always used Thousand Island dressing for my homemade Reubens and never thought anything of it. Turns out, after a little research, traditional Reubens are served with a Russian Style dressing. What’s Russian Style dressing you ask? Well, basically it is a spicier dressing that looks similar to the crowd-pleasing Thousand Island. Over the years Thousand Island dressing gained popularity due to it’s sweet and mild flavor. This receipe needed a dip with a kick of heat so Russain dressing was a perfect match for these quesadillas.