Diablo Verde Enchiladas

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Country Casual Cravings: Diablo Verde Enchiladas! If you understand a little Spanish, you’re already familiar with the term “diablo”. Typically it refers to devil. In reference to food, it translates to spicy or sometimes fiery ingredients that crank things up a level. In this case I used jalapeño peppers, but you are certainly welcome to increase the heat by substituting serrano peppers instead. Since I want to keep my husband around a little longer, I played it safe. You choose.

DIABLO VERDE ENCHILADAS

Ingredients:

2 cups precooked turkey, shredded

1/2 teaspoon chili-lime seasoning

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

12 ounces queso blanco dip

10 flour tortillas

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, diced

1/4 cup taco sauce

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Salsa verde, to taste

Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Green onion snips, for garnish

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a 9”x13” pan with nonstick oil. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine shredded turkey, chili-lime seasoning, dried oregano, garlic powder, and queso blanco dip. Mix well. Divide the mixture between the 10 flour tortillas, spreading the meat across the center of each tortilla. Roll them up, placing each seam-side-down in the prepared baking dish. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm butter. Do not scorch. Whisk in flour; cook one minute to thicken, stirring constantly. Add chicken broth; whisk until smooth. Add Greek yogurt and diced jalapeños. Do not allow mixture to boil. Reduce heat if necessary. Remove sauce from heat. Carefully pour over enchiladas. Spoon taco sauce over all. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven when cheese is slightly browned and bubbly. Garnish with salsa verde, fresh cilantro, and green onion snips to taste. Serve immediately.

Eating My Way Through the Alphabet: Letter T

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? The Daily Special: Tomatillo Salsa Verde! The grower at the Farmers Market literally gave me her version of roasting tomatillos as she handed me her bounty. “Pull out your iron skillet, peel and quarter the tomatillos, throw in some garlic cloves, and roast it together in your oven. Simple.” Imagine my smile later that afternoon as I presented a dish of the freshest aromatic salsa verde to my husband for “Happy Hour”. Served with organic corn chips and a citrus margarita, it created quite a buzz!

TOMATILLO SALSA VERDE

Ingredients:

5-6 medium size tomatillos, peeled and stems removed

3 garlic cloves, peeled

1 sweet onion, chopped

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon cumin powder

3 jalapeño pickled peppers, sliced

Instructions:

Remove the crackly husks covering the fresh tomatillos. Rinse well to remove the sticky residue on the skin. Quarter each tomatillo and place in a seasoned iron skillet. Add garlic and sweet onion. Sprinkle with salt and cumin powder. Place skillet in the oven on highest setting for Broil. Check after 5 minutes, turn the vegetables, and broil another 5 minutes. They should appear soft and slightly charred. There will be juice in the skillet, so handle with care. Transfer vegetables to a food processor. Add jalapeño peppers and purée on pulse setting.