Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Enchiladas Suisas

I found this awesome recipe in my "Easy Everyday Favorites" from cookbook. A real crowd pleasing enchilada.
2 Tbsp. butter
2/3 cup Spanish onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup chopped green Chile peppers
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 tsp. salt
1 dash ground cumin
12 (8 inch) flour tortillas
Olive Oil for frying
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
1 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup sliced green olives
1 pint cherry tomatoes

(1) Prepare salsa Verde: Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Saute the onion until soft. Stir in the flour. Add the broth, then add the chiles, garlic, salt and cumin. Simmer about 15 minutes to blend flavors, then set aside.
(2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
(3) In a heavy skillet, lightly fry tortillas in shallow oil, being careful not to make them too crisp to roll.
(4) Combine the cheeses and keep 1/2 cup aside for topping.
(5) Dip each tortilla in salsa Verde (both sides). Place 2 heaping tablespoons chicken and about 2 tablespoons cheese down center of each. Roll and place seam side down in a shallow dish.
(6) After all the rolled tortillas are in the dish, spoon additional salsa Verde over them and then cover evenly with heavy cream. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese mixture and green onions.
(7) Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 20 minutes (or until tortillas are crisp). Serve immediately, garnished with the olives, cherry tomatoes and with additional salsa on the side.

Helpful Hints:
(1) The first time I made these I followed every.single. step. And realized there had to be an easier way. Now when I make these I go to the Mexican aisle in the store and purchase a large jar of Salsa Verde sauce. Much, much easier and I think it tastes a lot better - more authentic.
(2) Don't leave out the cream. That's what makes them "Suisas".

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