In honor of Monika coming back to the ‘Lou, we requested her amazing enchiladas. In fact, Bob was very insistent about it. He wouldn’t let her in the door unless she paid the toll with enchiladas. So, this past week was a Mexican-themed fare.
Appetizer: Sausage Salsa Dip (courtesy of Kim’s Family)
1 package of reduced fat pork sausage
1 package of reduced fat cream cheese
1 can of Mexican Lime & Cilantro Rotel
Fry the sausage in a pan while warming the cream cheese and Rotel in a crock pot. Stir well, then stir in the sausage. You can (probably) make the dip thicker by straining some or all of the juice off the Rotel. You can alter the flavor or level of spice by choosing a different type of Rotel. Serve with Tostito Scoops.
We devoured the dip, that shows how good it was.
Entree: Enchilada Casserole (Monika has converted her enchiladas into a casserole because it was so much easier and tastes the same, so why not simplify things?)
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 yellow pepper, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
14 oz. mild red enchilada sauce
1 lb chicken, cubed
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
10 flour tortillas
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1-2 packets taco seasoning
Warm enchilada sauce in saucepan. Heat skillet with olive oil. Add onions and sauté for one-two minutes. Add peppers to skillet and saute for additional 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and cook through. Add taco seasoning and lime juice. Stir. Add in 2-3 ladles of enchilada sauce and cream cheese. Taste and season.
Scoop 2 ladles of enchilada sauce into a 9×13 pan. Place two tortillas on bottom of pan. Add 1/3 chicken mixture onto tortillas, ¼ enchilada sauce and ¼ shredded cheese. Repeat ending with enchilada sauce and cheese on top of tortillas. Bake at 350 until cheese melts and sauce is bubbly.
Side Dish: Fiesta Rice This was a very colorful dish and delicious. The rice came out al dente but we know next time to add a bit more broth and cook it longer. Oh, the best part? If someone in your party does not like beans, you can set a side some of the rice before adding beans to the dish.
Dessert: Flan (Bob had to have flan, he LOVES it!)
Yeah, we didn’t take a picture of the dessert because it came out a bit war-torn (the caramel topping stuck to the pan) but it was yummy. And now that Bob found out how easy it was to make it, I’m sure he’ll be requesting more of it in the future.