Son: “Whenever I make one of your recipes it never quite turns out the same.”
Recipes change with time and repeated preparations. So when the usual crew showed up to to be fed this weekend I made a conscious effort to pay attention to what I was doing and the quantities while making this dish. Sure enough, quite a few things were different from the original recipe. The changes are in bold. The original recipe is in the cookbook mentioned below. But you don’t want the original recipe. You want this one.
Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Casserole
1/4 C butter
2 T. flour
2 C. sour cream
3 C. chicken broth
1 small can mild green chiles
1 medium onion, chopped
Saute onions in butter, add flour then broth. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Add chiles and sour cream and heat. Be careful to not let the sauce boil. Set aside.
One rotisserie chicken, meat taken off the bones, cubed
8 oz cheddar cheese, 8 oz Monterrey Jack cheese grated
18 corn tortillas
1. Butter a 9 x 12 casserole dish.
2. Put a little sauce in the bottom of the dish.
3. Layer 3 corn tortillas. Layer chicken. Cover with jack cheese. Sauce. Repeat two more times.
4. Bake 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes covered until bubbly. Remove cover, add cheddar cheese to the top. Return to the oven to allow cheese to melt.
5. After cheese has melted, remove from the oven and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
And yet another recipe whose origin is kind of fuzzy. I think this recipe kind of morphed from Delicioso! Cooking South Texas Style. But when I go to the book, the recipe is different, calling for Monterrey jack cheese and jalapenos. If this is the source of the recipe, then somewhere along the Path I subbed mild chiles and cheddar. But pretty much the recipe is from this classic cookbook.
Tips – Cut up the chicken first. If you use pre-shredded cheese make sure it the kind that will melt (if you know what I mean and I think you do). Use more sour cream if you like a rich casserole. Use more chicken stock if you like your casserole “juicy” as in fall apart and spread all over your plate “juicy”. Go ahead and use the hot pepper of your choice if you don’t have kids.
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