Monday, March 1, 2010

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas with sour cream sauce

This was my first take on a classic mexican american dish that well just about anyone can enjoy! This enchilada dish has two different enchiladas on it, a chicken on corn tortilla and a cheese on a flour tortilla. These are paired with some roasted pepper mashed potatoes and spanish rice topped with a sour cream sauce. These were pretty freaking delicious for my first go, if Donetta enjoyed Mexican food more then I would definitely explore these option more!
The sauce that goes on the tortillas was a basic red sauce made with tomato sauce, lemon and lime juice, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic, chopped jalapeno, chopped Anaheim peppers, salt and pepper which I simmered for about 20 min to allow the flavors to mingle and reduce just a bit. I started with about 1.5 lbs of chicken which I cut into a small to medium dice and sauteed with chopped garlic, my chefs seasoning, chili powder, cayenne pepper, chopped jalapeno, and chopped onions with a little lime juice to make the mixture nice and juicy. The cheese enchilada had cheddar cheese and Monterrey jack cheese mixed with the chefs seasoning and parsley flakes and onions. I had to quick fry the corn tortillas for the chicken enchiladas for approx. 7-10 seconds before I could fill the enchiladas properly. I then dipped the tortillas in the red sauce and proceeded to fill with approx 2 tbsp of each prospective filling. Rolling and placing flap down in a medium pan. You then cover all enchiladas with more Monterrey jack cheese and cover with foil. Place in oven for approx 15-20 minutes. While these are in the oven begin to make your sour cream sauce. This sauce consists of 8 oz sour cream, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp lime juice, garlic powder, cilantro flakes salt and pepper and enough chicken stock to make it the consistency that you like (for me about 3 oz). Remove enchiladas from oven then the pan GENTLY ( they LOOOVE to break on you, so use a firm rubber spatula if available). Plate and design how you like and serve!

This is a great meal for just about any budget because you can fill enchiladas with WHATEVER you want! From desert enchiladas to vegetarian, its allllll good! You can even buy many of the sauces and fillings pre-packed, though for a more satisfying experience try this in your home asap! You will have a blast making and then eating it. Another great thing about it is the kids can help assemble the enchiladas if they like to get in there and get messy with you!

Good eating out there! Till next time, have fun with it, and make it your own!

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