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Jalapeno Cilantro Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Jalapeno Cilantro Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: meh
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Jalapeno Cilantro Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

Last night was Taco Tuesday in our house. Which really means we are cooking something Mexican / Tex-Mex or something in a shell or tortilla. I have been trying to bump up the vegetable ratios in my dishes without tripping Jill’s food wires. As she admits her palate is that of a teenage boy. And when you make something with chicken it will be scrutinized heavily. So I was trying to figure what to make and thought I would go the enchilada route because you really can’t see what is in it as easily as you can a taco.

What was unique with these chicken enchiladas was the filling. It had a 4 to 1 ratio of veggies to chicken. Most enchiladas around here are basically chicken only or an occasional onion or pepper. I was going for the Chipotle or Freebirds style burrito in an enchilada form. For the sauce, I hid some avocado in there and covered it up with fresh cilantro, jalapeno, sour cream and buttermilk for some extra tang. You can put whatever you want in yours and you can adjust your sauce the way you want but here is what I did….

Ingredients
2 Free range air chilled chicken breasts
6-8 flour tortillas
Mexican Rice (packaged)
1 cup cooked black beans
2 ears of fire roasted corn
Chopped pickled jalapenos
1/4 cup green chili sauce
1/4 fresh shredded Monterrey Jack
Diced cilantro
1 beer
1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
Cumin
Garlic salt

Sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 jalapenos cored
Handful of cilantro
Kosher Salt to taste
1 tbs of butter
1 tbs of flour

Directions:
Prep sucks for me, but it really is what pays off when pulling any meal together. So get chopping. For the filling, you are going to make your rice (stove top / or microwave) and your beans (fresh or canned). Dice the cilantro for the filling. Roast your corn…I did mine over the fire of my burner until blackened and then sliced the kernels off.
The last part of the prep is your chicken. I poached mine in a beer and can of fire roasted tomatoes and let that simmer for about 30mins.

1. Okay, let’s get to cooking. Preheat your oven to 350.
2. Let’s make the sauce first by blending together the cored jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream, and buttermilk. Taste and add salt as needed. It should be smooth and pale green in color.
3. In a sauce pan make a rue by melting butter and flour until light brown. Turn down the heat or turn it off and add the sauce and stir until it thickens up a bit. Set aside.
4. Let’s make the filling by cutting up your cooled chicken into small pieces. You should also have cooled beans, rice, and corn. I diced up the second half of my avocado, cut kernels, and pickled jalapenos. In a large bowl, I added the second cup of sour cream, a small can of diced green chili sauce and then stirred everything together. Taste it and season per your taste buds.
5. Take a 9 x 13 dish and put some of the sauce on the bottom. Thin layer. Take your tortillas and fill them up and then fold them over into an enchilada and lay them down in the sauced dish seem down. When done, spoon the sauce over the top of the enchiladas until mostly coated. Top with Mont Jack cheese and jalapenos and bake for about 20 mins. It’s all cooked at this point so you are baking to heat through and for a little color from the cheese browning.

Pai Gow Meatball Bahn Mi

Pai Gow Meatball Bahn Mi

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is a fabulous sandwich that seriously tilts the easy to flavor scale.  The acid from the Rice Vinegar, the creaminess from Duke’s mayo, the kick of heat from the jalapeno, the freshness from the cilantro all supports the Asian Pork meatballs.  So many layers of flavor in so little time.

Pai Gow Meatball Bahn Mi
Pai Gow Meatball Bahn Mi

Ingredients:
2 Hoagie Rolls
2 tbs Dukes Mayo
5 radishes thinly sliced
2 jalapenos thinly sliced
6 sprigs of cilantro
2 tbs of Rice Vinegar (unseasoned)
1.25 lbs of Ground Pork
3 tbs Asian Peanut sauce
1.5 tbs Soy Sauce
1 tbs Siracha
2 dashes of cayenne
2 dashes of garlic powder
2 dashes of onion powder
Pinch of hot Asian Mustard powder
6 tbs of Monterrey Jack Cheese (any creamy / softer cheese would work.

Directions:
1. Slice your radishes and put them into the rice wine vinegar.  Put a skillet on medium heat with a little 2.Add pork and all the seasonings and sauces into a bow and combine. Then form them into meatballs (about 2 tbs each). I use a cookie scoop.  Place them in the skillet for about 3mins without touching them. You want a little crust or texture on your meatballs. The sauces in the meatball will help with that.
3. Slice and butter your hoagie rolls and put them under the broiler until browned.
4. Flip your meatballs to brown the other sides and once done remove them from the fire.
5. Take your toasted hoagie roll and put half the mayo on the bottom side, add your meatballs and top with cheese and put them back under the broiler to melt the cheese.
6. Remove and add your mayo to the top side of the roll and add your radishes, jalapenos and cilantro.

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