Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jalapenos' Spinach Enchiladas

Here is the 2nd part of the dinner we had last night. The main course. I'm going to say this even though I'm posting it. It wasn't one of my favorites. It was one of my moms though :) Here are a a few of the things I disliked way too much cilantro in the sauce ( my mom said not enough haha) The sauce was a little runny not too much but I did use Fat Free Half and Half as I do that a lot in recipes and never have a problem and save a lot of fat so that might have been the reason though in this case it was a little runny. (After I baked it was fine) Also the majority of my family all except my mom don't eat mushrooms so I omitted them and then you just get a lot of spinach but the filling actually was very good!! Now on to the recipe...I'm posting the exact recipe Ill make notes on what I did again so you know. If you like cilantro and spinach then you will probley love these. If you don't like cilantro and spinach you wont like these!! I got this recipe from here's the link.
 Things you will need:
4 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach or 4 bunches fresh spinach, cooked ( I had bigger bags so I cooked 3 of them but didn't use it all)
2 Tbs chopped garlic
1 Large Onion (we used a big piece of a large onion)
1 lb fresh mushrooms (omitted)
1 Tbs butter
2 slices white bread, crusts removed
2 tsp white pepper ( i didn't have any on hand so just used black)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 eggs
2 cups grated Monterrey jack and cheddar cheese blend ( i used Monterrey jack and a Mexican blend)
10-12 flour tortillas
First cook the spinach according to the package directions,if using frozen.
While spinach is cooking, combine garlic, onion and mushrooms in food processor, and process until coarsely chopped.
 Melt Butter in saute pan, and saute onion mixture until onion is translucent. Remove Pan from heat and set aside.

 Make bread crumbs in food processor from sliced bread. Add Spinach,salt,pepper,nutmeg,chili powder and eggs. Process until blended thoroughly.
 Transfer to mixing bowl, and stir in onion mixture and 6 Tbs cheese.  Preheat broiler. I didn't I just put the oven on 450 and baked for 10 minutes because I had to whip of the salad real quick so I wanted to keep them warm so figured bake instead of broil :)
 Spoon a portion of filling onto each tortilla and roll it up. Place each enchilada in casserole dish, seam side down. Repeat until you've used up filling.
 For the Cilantro Cream Sauce you need:
3 cups Half and Half ( I used Fat Free)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs cornstarch, plus
2 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in a small amount of cold water
3 cups of chopped Cilantro
 Mix Half and Half,cayenne,salt and a little of the dissolved cornstarch in medium saucepan, and heat until thickened.
The sauce should be creamy, not runny,add more cornstarch mixture as necessary. Take off the heat and stir in cilantro.

 Pour cream sauce over tortillas, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese ( I used a little more we like our cheese) Broil until cheese melts and turns a nice golden color. I baked for 10 minutes on 450 degrees.

This was a good dinner. Too much Cilantro for me but other than that I would make again!!

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