"Una de cada" is Spanish for "one of each." It's used in this recipe to refer to the fact that it contains both chicken and beef. This is like meat lovers' enchilada casserole. The dish was so full I didn't think it was going to all fit. It was delicious! Be careful that you are using equal amounts of chicken and beef. If your chicken is meatier than you need, you can always freeze the rest to make a lovely chicken salad later (recipe to follow).
Source: Food Network Magazine
For the enchilada sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 clove garlic, grated on a rasp or finely minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
3/4 cup beef broth
For the beef layer:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, grated on a rasp or finely minced
1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
1/2 to 1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 packet (about 1/4 teaspoon) Sazon seasoning
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup beef broth
Freshly ground black pepper
For the chicken layer:
1 rotisserie chicken, skin and bones discarded, meat shredded
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
For the casserole:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
20 to 24 six-inch corn tortillas, cut in half
Make the enchilada sauce: In a medium pot over medium heat, combine the oil, onion, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook until the onion is tender, about 6 minutes. Raise the heat to medium high and add the tomato paste; stir with a wooden spoon and cook until it deepens in color, 3 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and thyme. Cook, stirring, until combined and fragrant, about 1 minute, then add the crushed tomatoes and beef broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Cover and keep warm over low heat.
Cook the beef: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large straight-sided pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and green and red bell peppers. Sprinkle with a nice pinch of salt and cook until the onion and peppers are tender but not browned, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. In this order, add the beef, onion powder, cumin, thyme, Sazon, tomatoes and broth, allowing time between each addition to stir and blend. Cook for another 8 to 10 minutes, stirring to break down the beef into bits. When the beef is cooked through, taste and season with a pinch of salt and a grind or two of pepper. (Sazon adds salt, so be careful not to over-season.) Set aside.
Prepare the chicken layer: In a large bowl, toss together the shredded chicken, 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce and the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses. Set aside.
Assemble and bake the casserole: Use the butter to coat the bottom and sides of a deep 13-by-9-inch baking dish. In a small bowl, toss the shredded cheeses together. Pour 1 cup of enchilada sauce into the prepared dish. One at a time, dunk the tortilla slices in the still-warm enchilada sauce in the pot and layer them on the bottom of the dish using the straight edges to line the sides, overlapping where needed and covering the entire bottom of the dish. Next, add 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese blend, all of the beef, another 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese blend, a new layer of tortillas dunked in the enchilada sauce, all of the chicken and a final layer of tortillas dunked in the enchilada sauce. Pour the rest of the sauce over all of the layers and top with the remaining shredded cheese blend. Bake until the cheese is melted and the sauce bubbles, about 30 minutes. Let it rest a bit before you slice it, just like lasagna.
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sunny-anderson/una-de-cada-enchilada-casserole-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback
Okay fine. I admit I have added a few too many butternut squash recipes lately. BUT! This is one of my very favorite recipes and I think it makes a fabulous Thanksgiving side. It has sixteen cups of spinach in addition to a whole winter squash!
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
- 3/4 - 2pounds butternut squash
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 16 cups fresh spinach
- 1 cup half-and-half or light cream
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup creme fraiche*
Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish; set aside. Peel the squash. Slice to 1/4-inch thickness. Remove seeds from slices and halve large slices. Arrange slices in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Brush both sides lightly with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Remove. Increase oven temperature to 475 degree F.2.
Meanwhile in a 4- to 6-quart Dutch oven cook the spinach in lightly salted boiling water, half at a time, for 1 minute or until wilted. Drain and cool slightly; squeeze out excess liquid. Coarsely chop the spinach; set aside. In a medium saucepan combine half-and-half and cornstarch; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in spinach; spread mixture in bottom of prepared dish. Arrange squash over spinach mixture.3.
In a small bowl stir together Parmesan cheese and creme fraiche. Spread mixture over squash in dish. Bake, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until squash is tender and topping is lightly browned. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Makes 8 servings.
from the test kitchen
- To make your own creme fraiche, in small bowl stir together 1/4 cup whipping cream (not ultrapasteurized) and 1/4 cup dairy sour cream. Cover with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 2 to 5 hours or until mixture thickens. When thickened, cover and chill in the refrigerator until serving time or up to 48 hours. Stir before serving.
This is a delicious vegetarian entree or side that is easy to make and very flavorful. I made this for dinner with the corn muffins posted below. You may basically use any veggies you want as long as you cut them the same size. I omitted the pepper and added green beans.
1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium yam, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced into rings
2 small or 1 large zucchini, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
Salt and pepper
2 large ripe tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons dried Italian-style bread crumbs
Fresh basil sprigs, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Toss the potato, yam, bell pepper, carrots, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss until coated. Spread vegetables evenly over the bottom of the pan.
Arrange the onion slices evenly over the vegetable mixture. Arrange the zucchini over the onion. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange the tomato slices over the zucchini.
Stir the Parmesan and bread crumbs in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the Parmesan bread crumbs over the vegetables in the baking dish. Drizzle with the last tablespoon of olive oil.
Bake uncovered until the vegetables are tender, and the topping is golden brown, about 40 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil sprigs, if desired.
So quick, easy, and delicious! I took advantage of using cooked shrimp in this recipe and just bought pre-cooked frozen shrimp. I allowed it to thaw in the fridge the night before. Be sure to use fresh cilantro and spritz your meal with your lime wedge; the fresh flavors are amazing. Finish this off with a cold summer beer :-)
- 1 pound peeled cooked shrimp, (see Ingredient Note), tails removed, diced
- 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 2 4-ounce cans chopped green chiles, (not drained)
- 2 cups canned green enchilada sauce, or green salsa, divided
- 12 corn tortillas
- 1 15-ounce can nonfat refried beans
- 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheese, such as Mexican-style cheese blend, Monterey Jack or Cheddar
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
- Combine shrimp, corn, chiles and 1/2 cup enchilada sauce (or salsa) in a microwave-safe medium bowl. Cover and microwave on High until heated through, about 2 1/2 minutes.
- Spread 1/4 cup enchilada sauce (or salsa) in the prepared baking dish. Top with a layer of 6 overlapping tortillas. Spread refried beans evenly over the tortillas. Top the beans with the shrimp mixture, followed by the remaining 6 tortillas. Pour the remaining sauce (or salsa) over the tortillas. Cover with foil.
- Bake the casserole until it begins to bubble on the sides, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil; sprinkle cheese on top. Continue baking until heated through and the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes more. Top with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.
Here's a twist on chicken enchiladas. It looks like a lot of work, but it really isn't that bad. Tomatillos are little green tomatoes with papery skins and they are used to make the sauce in this recipe. To finish the sauce, I used half and half instead of heavy cream. Also, just go ahead and buy the rotiserrie chicken; the enchiladas turn out very flavorful and juicy if you do!
Source: Real Simple
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 pound tomatillos (papery skins removed), chopped
- 1 onion (preferably white), chopped
- 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 2- to 2 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken, meat shredded
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 1/4 cups grated Monterey Jack (5 ounces)
- 8 6-inch corn tortillas
- Pico de Gallo or salsa
- Heat oven to 400° F. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatillos, onion, poblano, garlic, cumin, and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, add the cream, and puree.
- In a large bowl, combine the chicken, tomatoes, 1 cup of the cheese, ½ cup of the tomatillo sauce, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
- Warm the tortillas according to the package directions. Spread 1 cup of the remaining sauce in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Roll the chicken mixture in the tortillas and place them in the dish, seam-side down.
- Top with the remaining sauce and cheese. Bake until beginning to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with Pico de Gallo.
This was AMAZING! Butternut squash is hands down my favorite vegetable so this dish is perfect for me. I also love gruyere - it made the recipe. YUM!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 medium squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped sage
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups whole milk (I used skim)
- 3/4 pound soft French or Italian bread, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 7 1⁄2 cups) (I used whole grain bread)
- 1/2 pound Gruyère, grated (2 cups) (could probably get away with 1.5 cups)
- Heat oven to 375° F. Oil a 2 ½- to 3-quart baking dish.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the squash, season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and cook, tossing frequently, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes more. Stir in the sage. Let cool for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the bread, cheese, and squash mixture and toss to coat.
- Transfer to the prepared baking dish and bake until golden brown and set, 55 to 60 minutes.