Smoked Gouda Enchiladas with Fire Roasted Tomatillo Cranberry Sauce

Smoked Gouda Enchiladas wFire Roasted Tomatillo Cranberry Sauce (16) WM

I pretty much love smoked cheese and try to eat it whenever possible.  I had the brilliant idea to make enchiladas with smoked Gouda and roasted tomatillo sauce, I added cranberries to make it even more interesting!  My husband was not really a fan, but I loved the enchiladas.  The only thing that I would change is not putting cranberries on top as they were too tart.

Smoked Gouda Enchiladas wFire Roasted Tomatillo Cranberry Sauce (1) WM

serves 8-10

time: about 1 hour

Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas Sauce Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds fresh tomatillos, husked and cubed

4 cloves of garlic

2 jalapenos

1 shallot, skin removed

1 lime, juiced

1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh whole cranberries

chicken broth

pinch of salt

 

Enchiladas Ingredients

8-10 white flour tortillas (or corn, whichever you prefer)

2 chicken breasts

salt

pepper

cayenne pepper

shredded smoked Gouda cheese

green onions, chopped

 

Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas Sauce Directions

  1.  Turn your oven’s broiler on.
  2. Place the sliced tomatillos, jalapenos and shallot on a tinfoil lined cookie sheet.
  3. Broil for about 5 minutes on each side – you want the produce to be charred but not burned.
  4. Place the broiled produce, lime juice, the whole cranberries, about 1/2 cub chicken broth, and pinch of salt into a Cuisinart.  Mix until completely blended.  Set aside.  Add a little more broth until it’s fairly runny.  Add more salt and lime if needed.

Enchiladas Ingredients

  1. Place the chicken breasts into a pot of water – add salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.  Bring the pot of water / chicken to a boil.  Let boil for about 10 minutes, then turn to medium heat and continue to cook for about 20-30 minutes, until the chicken is completely cooked.
  2. Shred up the smoked Gouda cheese.  Chop the green onions.  Set aside.
  3. Once the chicken has cooked and cooled shred with your clean hands.  Mix in a bit of the roasted tomatillo sauce so that the chicken is moist.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Wrap your tortillas in a paper towel and heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds – you just want the tortillas to be soft to they don’t tear when rolling.
  6. Pour a little bit of the roasted tomatillo sauce onto the bottom of your baking dish.
  7. Dip both sides of the tortilla in the roasted tomatillo sauce that is on the bottom of the baking dish.  Add a handful of the shredded chicken, smoked Gouda cheese, and chopped green onions.  Roll and place on one side of the baking dish with the two sides of the tortilla down.  Continue this process until all of the meat has been stuffed into the tortillas.
  8. Pour the roasted tomatillo sauce over the rolled enchiladas.  Sprinkle the remaining shredded smoked Gouda cheese on top.
  9. Bake for about 20-30 minutes until the roasted tomatillo sauce is boiling and the smoked Gouda cheese has melted.
  10. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Smoked Gouda Enchiladas wFire Roasted Tomatillo Cranberry Sauce (13) WM

 

Smoked Gouda Enchiladas wFire Roasted Tomatillo Cranberry Sauce (11) WM

 

Tomatillo, Cilantro, Mexican Crema Chicken Thighs

tomatillo braised chicken thighs (57) WM

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! I love Mexican food, and will eat it any day of the year but I have to eat it on the 5th of May!  This dish is quite simply, how do I put it, amazing.   It combines tomatillos, cilantro, jalapenos and Mexican crema.  I have never used Mexican crema before, it is pretty much heavy cream and I’m really not sure what the difference is.

Ingredients:

6 tomatillos, husks removed and rinsed (the skin is sticky)

6 garlic cloves, peeled

1 jalapeno – halved and seeded

1 bunch cilantro

1/2 chicken broth

3 teaspoons flour

8 chicken thighs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

olive oil

1/2 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half

6 tablespoons Mexican crema

2 cups cooked rice

tomatillo braised chicken thighs (7) WM

Directions:

1) Cook the rice according to the package’s directions.

2) Heat the broiler to high; place the tomatillos, garlic cloves and jalapenos on a baking dish and place in the oven.  Broil until blistered, checking occasionally so they do not burn.

3) Combine the blistered tomatillos, garlic cloves, jalapenos, cilantro, chicken broth, and flour and blend until smooth.

4) Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper; heat up a skillet (medium-high heat) sprinkle with olive oil and place the chicken thighs in the skillet.  Brown both sides of the chicken, about 5 minutes.

5) Once the chicken has browned, pour the tomatillo cilantro mixture over the chicken making sure that all of the pieces are covered with the sauce.  Place a lid over the skillet and cook on low until the chicken is cooked through.  Stir in the Mexican crema.

6) Place the chicken thighs over a scope of rice, pouring the sauce over the chicken and rice and top with some of the grape tomatoes.  Serve with your favorite salad.  Enjoy!

tomatillo braised chicken thighs (1) WM