Tuesday, February 9, 2010

All-Time Favorite

Hey, so if you do try out any of the recipes I'm sharing, leave a comment and let me know how it goes-- especially if you've made changes to the recipe, that makes it taste even better!

Today I want to share with you one of our all-time favorite recipes. Billy, Eisley, and I all LOVE this one. We've been making this one for about a year now, and it is really taste-tastic. Where else would it come from, except the Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine (I'm telling you, it's the best)! I'm not sure, but I might have even shared this before in a previous post. Well. Even if I have, it's worth sharing again!

Vegetable Enchiladas


Serves 8

* 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for baking dishes
* 2 teaspoons ground cumin
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
* 1/4 cup tomato paste
* 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium vegetable broth
* Coarse salt and ground pepper
* 3 cups grated pepper Jack cheese (12 ounces)
* 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 box (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
* 1 box (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels, thawed
* 6 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
* 16 corn tortillas (6-inch)


1. Make sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add 1 teaspoon cumin, flour, and tomato paste; cook, whisking, 1 minute. Whisk in broth and 3/4 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until slightly thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

2. Make filling: In a large bowl, combine 2 cups cheese, beans, spinach, corn, scallion whites, and remaining 1 teaspoon cumin; season with salt and pepper.

3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil two 8-inch square baking dishes; set aside. Stack tortillas, and wrap in damp paper towels; microwave on high for 1 minute. Or stack and wrap in aluminum foil, and heat in oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Top each tortilla with a heaping 1/3 cup of filling; roll up tightly and arrange, seam side down, in prepared baking dishes.

4. Dividing evenly, sprinkle enchiladas with remaining 1 cup cheese, and top with sauce. Bake, uncovered, until hot and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes; serve garnished with scallion greens.

On the side, we usually make cilantro-lime rice. It's easy. Just prepare regular white rice in your rice cooker or on the stove top, and when it's done cooking, add in some lime juice and a bit of chopped cilantro. Delicious and fresh!

This is also a great freezable meal. So why not double the recipe and save half of it for a later time, for use on a day when you just don't feel like cooking?

To freeze: Prepare enchiladas through step 3; top with cheese, and cover baking dishes with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Place sauce in an airtight container. Freeze enchiladas and sauce for up to 2 months.

To bake from frozen: Thaw sauce in refrigerator overnight (or microwave on high 2 minutes, stirring once halfway through). Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove foil and plastic wrap from baking dishes, and pour sauce over enchiladas; cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes; remove foil, and bake until bubbly, about 15 minutes more. Cool 5 minutes before serving.


Angela said...

yum - i'll be trying this one out. and will let you know what the Forbes think! I've been making a black bean and pineapple enchilada recipe - yummy too.
I especially like the freeze option - which is what I will probably try out! (especially for the hectic Mon or Wed night rush)

Jessica said...

Will be trying this one this weekend!! Yum!