Thursday, March 1, 2012

you asked for the cheese enchiladas recipe?

in new mexico, enchiladas are served "stacked"...not rolled the way they are prepared in mexican cuisine.  i don't notice a difference in taste!...this version is so easy!!  this has become my "go to" dish when i have a large group of people to feed.  the stacked enchiladas, plus pinto beans, posole and a green salad create a simple and delicious menu for any size dinner party.

enchiladas are basically tortillas (usually corn), a filling, cheese and sauce.  southwestern style calls for either red or green sauce...or "christmas" which is both.   you really don't need a recipe....more like the here is the way i make cheese enchiladas with new mexican red chile sauce:

you will need to start with the sauce.  click here for the recipe.   note, the quantities i am providing make enough for 6 people with the side dishes mentioned above.  if you want just the enchiladas with a salad this serves 4.  you can double, triple, quadruple...whatever you like. just ensure you increase the pan size accordingly. or use more than one.  (my tip...make more then you think you will need...leftovers are delicious too.)

cheese enchiladas with new mexican red chile sauce
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
9 corn tortillas
1 lb extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 white onion, diced
2 scallions, minced  (white and green parts)
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
3 cups new mexican chile sauce

preheat oven to 350 degrees.  add the olive oil to a 2.2 qt casserole dish. use a paper towel or pastry brush to coat the dish with the oil.  pour 1 cup sauce into the bottom of the prepared dish and spread to cover.  use 4 tortillas to cover the sauce.  take 1 additional tortilla, tear in half, and the tear 1 half into 3 pieces.  use the pieces to cover up any gaps where sauce is showing.  sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese over the tortillas.  sprinkle 1/2 of the onions and 1/2 of the scallions over the cheese.  repeat with remaining tortillas, another cup of sauce, another 1/3 of the cheese and the onions and scallions.  cover with the remaining sauce and the rest of the cheese.

bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.  sprinkle cilantro over enchiladas and serve.  i like this dish with a crisp green salad tossed only with seasoned rice vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.  some people top their enchiladas with sour cream...i am not a fan (dilutes the taste too much for me)  but, if you like...feel free. :)


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