Chicken Enchiladas, Homemade Refried Beans and Mexican Corn Crema
I was craving enchiladas so chicken was the obvious choice.
My mother always made the best chicken enchiladas, but
I didn't use her recipe. I just made this up on the fly.
I cheated a bit and used a prepared sauce, but everything else
was all me baby!
First up I cooked some pinto beans simply with some bay leaves.
I held it in the fridge until ready to refry.
I choose thighs to keep the meat juicy and flavorful. I pan fried
them till almost done with some green chilies.
Once it was almost cooked, but not quite as it would still
cook a bit when rolled up with cheese.
I sliced the thighs pretty thin to somewhat resemble
pulled chicken. I then chopped up the chilies and some
scallions and I mixed it all together.
I dipped the corn tortillas into the sauce to make them pliable
and add some moisture, then rolled up the filling and
arranged them in a casserole dish.
I poured the rest of the sauce over and then sprinkled
a nice layer of shredded cheese.
Popped into the oven to heat through and melt the cheese.
I've had this awesome side dish at a Pollo Regio and it was
SO good, but SO unhealthy. Lots of mayo, crema and butter. I mean
A LOT. It was very good but too rich. However, I wanted
to recreate this, but more reasonable. I took 3 corn cobs and striped of
the kernels. Then I butter poached it. When ready to serve, I added
some crema, cilantro and queso fresco.
This turned out so good, and not too rich. I will
definitely be doing this again.
I refried the beans in bacon fat, then mashed them.
I plated them with an avocado and topped the enchies with
crema, scallions and black olives.
This was very tasty and satisfying.
I got thumbs up all around. Zachary even had a second enchilada.
The star was the corn crema though.
While this may not be the healthiest meal...
I was able to control the sodium levels and fat as opposed to
getting it from a restaurant or in a processed form.
I was very happy with the outcome, and best thing is....
Leftovers for lunch for both Dutchess & I!!!