Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Making Tuesday Tasty-Cinco De Mayo Celebration

I live in AZ and that means that I get some of the best Mexican food there is! I LOVE me some Mexican food. In honor of Cinco de Mayo and my Birthday coming up, I'm gonna put up a yummy Mexican dish. I love chilaquiles, and found out that they were originally created to use up leftovers. I love the verde sauces and the red sauces, the taste of chiles and tomatillos. This is perfect.

Chicken Chilaquiles

1 1/2 pounds fresh tomatillos—husked, rinsed and halved
2 large garlic cloves
1 large jalapeño—halved lengthwise, stemmed and seeded
1/4 cup packed cilantro
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound shredded cooked chicken (3 cups), at room temperature
1 1/2 cups shredded pepper Jack cheese (6 ounces)
1/2 cup farmer cheese (4 ounces)
1 scallion, sliced
One 6-ounce bag tortilla chips (8 cups)
1/4 cup sour cream

1.Preheat the oven to 450°. In a blender or food processor, puree the tomatillos, garlic, jalapeño and cilantro until smooth. In a large saucepan, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the cumin and coriander and cook over high heat until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add the tomatillo puree, bring to a boil and cook until the sauce loses its bright green color, 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

2.In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with 3/4 cup of the pepper Jack, the farmer cheese, scallion and half of the tomatillo sauce; season with salt and pepper. In another bowl, toss the tortilla chips with the remaining sauce.

3.Spread half of the chips in an 8-by-11-inch baking dish; top with the chicken and cover with the remaining tortilla chips. Don't pack the chips down. Dollop the sour cream over the chips and sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup of pepper Jack. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is browned. Serve at once

Recipe courtesy of Food & Wine cookbook


The Jacobsen Family! said...

Crazy, all my life here and dont' think I've ever heard of them! Sounds like a great potluck recipe!! *hint hint*!!