I am such a sauce person! This roasted tomatillo and garlic sauce was absolutely incredible. The acorn squash is roasted on the sheet pan with the chicken and sauce ingredients, absorbing all of the flavors too. It would be a wonderful dish to serve as part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration. In fact, I might make it again on Cinco de Mayo! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit, contributed by Claire Saffitz. I used boneless, skinless thighs instead of bone-in, and adjusted the method and roasting times accordingly.
I’m bringing this delicious dish to share at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #221 this week, hosted by Jenny @ Dragonfly Home Recipes. Enjoy!
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Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Recipes, Sauces
Tags: acorn squash, adobo, boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken, chipotle, cilantro, cinco de mayo, cumin, dinner, Fiesta Friday, jalapeño, limes, Mexican, roasted, salsa, salsa verde, sauce, scallions, sheet pan, tomatillos, verde, Vitamix
As I love sharing recipes, I am also thrilled when someone shares a recipe with me! 🙂 My son’s swimming coach texted me the link to this wonderful dish after she made it for her family. What fun! She knew we would enjoy it too.
This recipe was adapted from Today.com, contributed by Padma Lakshmi. I doubled the garlic, reduced the pork, used large onions, and seeded the jalapeños. We ate it over brown Basmati rice with cornbread on the side. Full-flavored and absolutely fabulous!
Yield: Serves 6
- 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed and quartered
- 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
- 4 jalapeños, seeded
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- 4 tablespoons lime juice
- coarse salt
- 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 8 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, divided
- 2 large yellow onions, diced
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 1/4 to 1/2 pounds ground pork
- 1 shot tequila, preferably Alejo
- 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 lime, juiced, optional
- rice, for serving, optional
- In a blender (I used a Vitamix), combine the tomatillos, avocados, jalapeños, four cloves of garlic, cilantro, lime juice, 2 teaspoons of olive oil, salt, 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar. Puree until smooth. (Side note: This makes a great salsa verde sauce on its own; you may want to buy double the ingredients and use the extra as a dipping sauce for other savory treats!)
- In a heavy soup pot, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Slice remaining four cloves of the garlic in half, and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the onions, oregano, cumin, remaining sesame seeds and red pepper flakes, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until onions are translucent.
- Add the ground pork and cook until no longer pink, about 6 minutes.
- Add in the shot of tequila.
- Add the tomatillo sauce, beans and water or stock to the pork mixture.
- Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often.
- Stir in the lime juice just before serving, if desired.
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Posted in Pork, Recipes, Soups, Stews, & Chowders
Tags: avocado, cannellini beans, chile, chili, cilantro, cumin seeds, dinner, ground pork, jalapeños, lime juice, Mexican, Padma Lakshmi, pork, stew, Super Bowl, tequila, tomatillos, verde, Vitamix
My slow-cooker is really underutilized. When I saw this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Dave Bakes, I fell in love with it. It had SO many of my favorite flavors. I loved that the chicken thighs and beans actually cooked in the salsa verde. The salsa imparted such a fabulously tangy and spicy flavor. What a wonderful slow-cooker meal!
A while ago, Dave of Dave Bakes convinced me to get a Pullman loaf pan… so I had to make a Pullman loaf of cornbread to accompany this meal. It was only fitting. 😉 Spicy and Great!
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
- 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 5 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 12 to 16 ounces chicken sausage (about 5 links), such as chicken apple sausage or chicken other smoked chicken or turkey sausage
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 8 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cans (about 16 ounces each) organic Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
- 2- 12 oz jars tomatillo salsa, about 1 1/2 cups
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with juice, fire-roasted, chili-style, or plain
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 2 T finely chopped jalapeno peppers, or mild chile peppers (I used canned fire-roasted jarred green chilies)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- dash cayenne pepper, optional
- sour cream, creme fraiche, or plain Greek yogurt, for serving, if desired
- fresh cilantro, for serving, if desired
- lime wedges, for serving, if desired
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, diced chicken, and sliced sausage; sauté until onions are tender and chicken is cooked through.
- Put the drained beans in a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker; add the skillet mixture and all remaining ingredients except the garnishes (sour cream (etc.), cilantro, and lime wedges).
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours. (I cooked mine on low for 7 hours.)
- To serve, top with a dollop of sour cream/yogurt/creme fraiche, sprinkle of chopped cilantro, and a lime wedge, as desired.
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Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Recipes, Slow Cooker, Soups, Stews, & Chowders
Tags: boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken, chicken sausage, chicken thighs, chili, corn, creme fraiche, crock pot, dinner, gluten free, Mexican, slow cooker, stew, tomatillo salsa, tomatillos
These wonderful, vegetarian, no-bake enchiladas claimed to be light and satisfying- a pretty accurate description! Perfect warm weather Mexican fare. Fresh and fabulous. 🙂 This recipe was adapted from the New York Times, contributed by Martha Rose Shulman.
Inspired by my food blog friends who have made their own birthday cakes, etc., I made this dish for my own birthday dinner!! I prepared the filling a day in advance (no work on the big day!) and we ate them after a relaxing day in the sunshine. My husband made my favorite Huevos Rancheros for breakfast (I am obviously a Mexican-food lover), and I was greeted with a surprise birthday cake from my girlfriend when I got home! ❤ What a great day! Maybe getting older isn’t so awful….
I’m bringing my special dish to share at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #74 (belatedly, again…), co-hosted by Loretta @Safari of the Mind and Caroline @Caroline’s Cooking. As another surprise birthday gift, my dish from Fiesta Friday #73 was featured this week! Yay!! Check it out & Enjoy! 🙂
Yield: Serves 8
- 1 pound Swiss or rainbow chard, or a combination
- 2 medium-size chayote or summer squash (about 1 1/4 pounds), cut in small dice (4 cups diced)
- 1 pound fresh tomatillos, husked and rinsed
- 2 jalapeño or 2 to 3 serrano chiles, stemmed
- ½ white onion, coarsely chopped
- coarse salt to taste
- 4 large peeled garlic cloves; 2 whole and 2 minced
- 12 cilantro sprigs, plus chopped cilantro for garnish
- 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
- 2 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
- freshly ground black pepper
- 18 corn tortillas
- About 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco or feta
- Peel and dice the chayote squash.
- Strip chard leaves from stems and wash in 2 changes of water. Keep leaves whole.
- Rinse chard stems and cut in small dice if wide, or, if thin, slice crosswise 1/4 inch thick. (I cut my wide stems into thin strips and then sliced all of them crosswise 1/4 inch thick.) Set aside stems with chayote in one bowl and leaves in another.
- Make the salsa verde: Combine tomatillos, jalapeños and onion in a large saucepan or Dutch oven; cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, until tomatillos have gone from pale green to olive and have softened. Using a slotted spoon or a Chinese strainer, transfer tomatillos, onion and one of the jalapeños to a blender. (I used a Vitamix!) Do not drain water from pot. Let vegetables cool in the blender while you blanch greens and chayote.
- Add more water to the pot so it is about 2/3 full. Return to a boil, salt generously, and add the chard leaves. Blanch until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer leaves to a bowl of cold (ice) water to quickly shock, then drain and dry. Chop coarsely and set aside.
- Return water to a simmer and add chayote and chard stems. Simmer 5 minutes, or until just tender. Drain through a colander and again on paper towels.
- Add whole garlic cloves and cilantro sprigs to ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Taste for heat and add remaining jalapeño if desired. (I only used one jalapeño- and the salsa had quite a kick!)
- Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, add tomatillo purée and partly cover to protect from splattering. Cook, stirring often, until it thickens and begins to stick to the pan, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in stock, add salt to taste, and bring to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring often, until sauce is thick and coats the front and back of a spoon. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat and add minced garlic. When fragrant, after about 30 seconds, stir in oregano, blanched and chopped leaves, stems, and chayote. Cook, stirring for about 3 minutes, until tender, fragrant and coated with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 cup salsa verde and set aside.
- Place tortillas in a tortilla warmer or on a microwave safe plate. Cover with a damp paper towel and cover with warmer lid, or with plastic wrap if using a plate. Microwave on high for 1 minute. (Alternatively: Prepare the tortillas: Heat 1/3 cup canola oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, until oil bubbles around the edges of a tortilla when you dip it into the pan. Place a platter covered with paper towels next to pan. Using tongs, slide tortillas, one at a time, into hot oil. As soon as tortilla begins to puff, about 10 to 15 seconds, flip over and leave another 10 to 15 seconds. Immediately remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Cover with foil to keep warm.)
- One by one, quickly dip tortillas into the remaining warm salsa verde, lay on serving platter, and top with about 1/4 cup filling. Roll up tortilla and place seam side down on platter. When all tortillas have been filled, pour remaining salsa verde on top, sprinkle with cilantro and queso fresco (or feta) and serve.
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Posted in Greens, Holiday, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: chayote, cinco de mayo, corn tortillas, dinner, enchiladas, Fiesta Friday, gluten free, greens, healthy, jalapeño, light, Mexican, no bake, queso fresco, salsa verde, serrano chiles, Swiss chard, tomatillos, vegetarian, Vitamix, white onion
My family is in love with Mexican food. 🙂 Because I had difficulty choosing a single celebratory Cinco de Mayo dish this year, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo and Seis de Mayo!! Why not? Yum…
Because I have been so busy doing springtime yard work, I have had less time to spend in the kitchen… I simplified this Everyday Food recipe to make it a relatively quick cooking dinner- especially for enchiladas. The original recipe used jarred salsa in the sauce, the first shortcut, and I substituted rotisserie chicken meat in lieu of cooking the chicken myself to simplify it even more. It was super cheesy and delicious!! We ate leftovers for Siete de Mayo too- the best! 🙂
Note: To make these up to a day ahead, prep and assemble the enchiladas; cover and refrigerate. The next day, bake and serve.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
- 1 rotisserie chicken, meat shredded, skin and bones discarded (about 1 1/2 pounds of shredded chicken meat)
- 7 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 2 jars (12 ounces each) medium green salsa (I used Trader Joe’s)
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 16 corn tortillas (6-inch)
- 12 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely shredded (3 cups)
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (convection).
- Remove the meat from the rotisserie chicken and coarsely shred. Discard skin and bones.
- In a large bowl, combine salsa and cream.
- In a large bowl, combine shredded chicken, minced garlic, and 1/2 cup salsa mixture.
- Cover the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch with about 1/2 cup of the salsa mixture.
- Stack tortillas flat, and wrap in damp paper towels; microwave on high for 1 minute to soften. (I use a tortilla warmer.)
- Working with one tortilla at a time, dip in salsa mixture, lay flat, and fill with 1/3 cup chicken mixture. Roll up and arrange, seam side down, two rows of 7 enchiladas lengthwise and the 2 remaining crosswise in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
- Top with remaining salsa mixture, then cheese.
- Bake until cheese is browned and salsa is bubbling, 35 to 45 minutes; let rest 10 minutes. Serve, sprinkled with cilantro, if desired.
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Posted in Casserole, Chicken (Poultry), Holiday, Recipes
Tags: cinco de mayo, corn tortillas, enchiladas, enchiladas verdes, garlic, heavy cream, Mexican, Monterey Jack, rotisserie chicken, tomatillos, tomatillos salsa
This dish was a healthy and light dinner. With the salsa made in advance, it was very quick to put together as well. I LOVE tangy tomatillos and they are wonderful in this mild salsa. I assembled the tacos for my family, but next time I will let everyone assemble their own…. we had such varied preferences for the toppings. I liked all of them- with extra salsa, my husband would have skipped the crunchy celery, and my son would have used minimal tomatillo salsa. My daughter passed on the shrimp! This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Tim Byres.
We ate them as part of a special meal to celebrate the completion of the first full week of school; our appetizer was guacamole with tortilla chips, our sides were rice and refried beans, and our special celebratory dessert was Biscoff crunch and swirl vanilla bean ice cream. We ate outside and rehashed our week! 🙂
- 1/2 pound tomatillos—husked, rinsed and quartered
- 1/2 small onion, quartered
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
- 3 garlic cloves
- Kosher salt
- Freshly black pepper
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced crosswise
- 1 T fresh lime juice (about 1/2 a lime)
- 1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp (about 36), shelled and deveined
- Twelve 6-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes (or metal skewers)
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
- 8 to 12 corn tortillas, warmed
- Shredded green cabbage and parsley leaves, for serving
- Sour cream, if desired, for serving
- In a medium saucepan, combine the tomatillos, onion, jalapeño and garlic with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a blender or food processor.
- Boil the cooking liquid until reduced to 1/4 cup, then add it to the blender or food processor and let cool completely. Puree the salsa and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the salsa to a bowl, stir in the chopped cilantro and refrigerate until chilled, about 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss the celery with the lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Combine the cabbage and parsley. Set aside.
- Light a grill or preheat a grill pan; oil the grill grate. Thread 3 shrimp onto each skewer. Brush the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the skewers and transfer to a platter. Serve the shrimp with the salsa, sour cream, celery salad, warm tortillas, cabbage and parsley leaves so guests can assemble their own tacos.
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Posted in Grilling, Recipes, Sauces, Shrimp, Tacos
Tags: cabbage, celery, cilantro, dinner, jalapeño, kid-friendly dinner, Mexican, parsley, salsa, Tacos, tomatillos
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When my mom came to visit recently I wanted to make her a Mexican dish with tomatillo sauce– we both LOVE it!! This is a wonderful vegetarian dish from Rick Bayless’ book Fiesta at Rick’s: Fabulous Food for Great Times with Friends. It is loaded with vegetables- I used chayote squash, kohlrabi, carrots, mushrooms, and red onion in the enchiladas. Turnips and butternut squash are also suggested in the recipe as they have equivalent roasting times. Any vegetable could be used (zucchini, broccoli, asparagus…) but the roasting time would need to be shortened. The finished dish had a spicy kick even though I seeded the jalapeño – the creme fraiche in the sauce reduces that heat a little. (I love spicy food!) We ate the enchiladas with brown basmati rice on the side.
- 1 pound (6 to 8) tomatillos, husked and rinsed
- 1 medium white onion, sliced about 1/4-inch thick
- 3 garlic cloves
- Fresh hot green chiles to taste (1-2 jalapeños or 2-3 serranos) (I used 2 seeded jalapeños), stemmed
- 1 1/2 T vegetable oil, plus extra for roasting the vegetables and spraying the tortillas
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock, plus extra if needed
- 1/2 cup creme fraiche
- 8 cups cubed vegetables (about 1/2-inch cubes) (I used chayote, carrots, red onion, mushrooms, & kohlrabi)
- coarse salt
- 12 corn tortillas
- 2/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- a few sliced rounds of white onion, separated into rings, for garnish, if desired
- fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish
Make the Sauce:
- Roast the tomatillos, sliced onion, peeled garlic and chiles on a rimmed baking sheet 4 inches below a hot broiler until the tomatillos are soft and blotchy black on one side, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn everything over and roast the other side. Remove and reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees.
- Scrape the tomatillo mixture into a food processor. Process to a smooth puree.
- Heat the 1 1/2 T oil in a medium-large (4 to 5 quart) pot over medium-high. When the oil is hot enough to make a drop of the puree sizzle, add the puree all at once. Stir nearly constantly for several minutes until darker and thicker.
- Add the broth and the creme fraiche, reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Roast the Vegetables:
- Spread the cubed vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle or spritz with oil, sprinkle with salt and stir to coat evenly.
- Roast, stirring regularly, until the carrots are crunchy-tender, about 25 minutes.
Finish the Sauce, Heat the Tortillas:
- If the sauce has thickened beyond the consistency of a light cream soup, stir in a little more broth (or water). Taste and season with salt, usually about 1 teaspoon.
- Lightly brush or spray both sides of each tortilla with oil. Cover with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 1 minute to soften.
Finish the Enchiladas:
- Smear 1 cup of the sauce over the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
- Working quickly so the tortillas stay hot and pliable, roll a portion of the roasted vegetables into each tortilla, then line them all up in the baking dish.
- Douse evenly with the remaining sauce, then sprinkle with the cheese.
- Bake until the enchiladas are heated through and the cheese has begun to brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Garnish with onion rings and cilantro sprigs, if desired. These are best served piping hot from the oven.
Posted in Casserole, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: butternut squash, carrots, chayote, creme fraiche, dinner, enchiladas, kid-friendly dinner, kohlrabi, Mexican, Monterey Jack, mushrooms, Rick Bayless, tomatillos, vegetarian