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GiGi's Playhouse Hoffman Estates • 2350 West Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 •

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GiGi’s Kitchen – Cooking @ 12 pm ET/11 am CT/9 am PT

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

This program is recommended for ages all ages.

Shari and Heather from GiGi’s Playhouse Hoffman Estates are excited to see you all!

This week we are making Steak Quesadillas!

  • 1 – 1 1/2 pound beef sirloin steak
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons canola or avocado oil (plus extra for drizzling)
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 12 ounces (about 2 cups) freshly grated Monterrey Jack Cheese
  1. Cutting against the grain, slice the steak with a very sharp knife into thin strips, no more than a 1/4″ thick. Transfer to a mixing bowl, along with the taco seasoning. Massage the taco seasoning into the beef until evenly coated and set aside.

  2. Add oil to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated through, spread the steak strips evenly across the skillet and allow to sear for 1 1/2 minute. Do not jostle or move strips around. Turn the steak strips over and cook 1-2 minutes.

  3. If the pan is dry, add another 1-2 tablespoons of oil. Add the diced peppers and onion and sauté 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until softened. Transfer the vegetables to a small bowl and set aside.

  4. Wipe the pan clean and place over medium-low heat. Add a light drizzle of oil to the pan and allow to come to temperature.

  5. Carefully, place 1 flour tortilla on the pan and scatter about a 1/4 cup of shredded cheese over the entire tortilla. Then, to only one half of the tortilla, add steak strips and a scatter of the onion and pepper mixture.

  6. Once the cheese starts to melt (about 1 minute), use a spatula to fold the side with cheese only over the steak side. Hold the quesadilla down with your spatula until the filling has melded together, about 30 seconds to 1 minute more.

  7. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, adding an additional light drizzle of oil to the pan as needed. Cut in halves or quarters, serve and enjoy!

GiGi’s Kitchen is designed to emphasize the importance of health and wellness through nutrition education, kitchen safety, food preparation, social activities and a shared meal/snack. Under the guidance of program leaders, participants will learn about and progress through skills including measurements, food handling, knife skills, ingredient identification, palette expansion, and nutrition. Participants will be introduced to various cooking techniques. GiGi’s Kitchen program will build participants self-esteem and self-confidence through nutrition and wellness!

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September 24
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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