Creamy White Enchiladas

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My first memory of going to a Mexican restaurant is with my Uncle and Aunts. I was astounded by all the colourful paraphernalia and the mexican music beat that kept my feet tapping. It’s amazing to recall this time from the depths of my memory! I can close my eyes and I’m sitting right there on a large rustic wooden table with my family and clasped in my hand my very first sweet strawberry daquiri mocktail!

My tongue was greeted with the most sensational flavours I have ever tasted and I found myself hooked on this new cuisine! From that time on I made Mexican at home and still love to experiment with different components to give my Mexican recipes a different edge.

My Husband fancied Mexican recently and I felt the urge to mix things up a bit. We’ve all had enchiladas with a fiery tomato sauce. But I wanted something more creamy to add to the rich bean filling that was sauteéd in fresh coriander!

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So came to mind a white sauce with spring onion that would smother the tortillas filled to the the brim with the spicy tomato bean filling. Not forgetting the cheese that always makes the dish! I hope you enjoy these as much a we did! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

For the enchilada filling
2 spring onions finely chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 tin of refried beans
100ml crushed tomato
1 tbsp olive oil
Handful of chopped fresh coriander
¼ tsp dried red chilli flakes
¼ tsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder

For the white sauce
1 tbsp butter
⅓ tbsp olive oil
1 heaped tbsp plain flour
2 spring onions chopped finely
1½ cups of milk

Pre prepared large tortillas
Grated Cheddar cheese

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METHOD

For the bean filling ~

• Heat the olive oil in a non stick saucepan with the chilli flakes and cumin seeds. once the oil is hot and sizzling add the chopped spring onions and garlic plus half of the coriander and stir briskly

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• Once the onion has become soft and translucent pour in the tomato passata.
Add in the seasoning of cumin powder and paprika and mix well. Simmer for a few minutes

• Stir in the refried beans with half a cup of water to loosen the mixture. Sprinkle in the rest of the coriander and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Take off the heat and leave aside

For the white sauce ~

• Heat the butter and olive oil mix in the flour on a low heat keep stirring the roux until it bubbles a little. Combine the spring onion with the roux and cook off for a couple of minutes

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• Gently pour the milk into the pan and whisk continuously until the sauce starts to thicken

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Once the sauce is glossy and thickened take off the heat and leave aside

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To assemble the enchiladas ~

• Spread the bean filling as a strip in the middle of the tortilla

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• Fold one edge over from the side

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• Then make another fold from the bottom to seal in the filling

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• Next roll into a wrapped tortilla

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• Repeat for approximately 6 tortillas and line them up in a deep oven dish

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• Smother the wrapped tortillas in the white sauce and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top

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Place in the oven for 15 minutes at 180°c/350°f/gas mark 4 and then place under the grill to make the cheese nice and golden

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Serve with some spicy potato wedges and a tomato salsa

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My Breakfast Quesadilla ~ For Dinner!

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All I wanted last night was eggs in a tortilla wrap! I’m wanting more protein at the minute and this extremely cheesy, beany and eggy combo hit the spot!
I was lucky to have some of my leftover kidney bean curry which I used, which gave this quesadilla a more Indian feel too. You can just spice up some kidney beans or buy them already seasoned if you wish.

The only thing I didn’t have was fresh coriander so had no choice but to use the dry version. But please if you like coriander then to add a good tablespoon of finely chopped fresh coriander. I will be making sure I have some next time!
I had this dish for dinner but it is so versatile that it is traditionally eaten for breakfast! You could even roll them up and have them for brunch too!

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INGREDIENTS

2 free range eggs
⅓ tsp coriander leaves
¼ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp cumin powder
Salt to taste
½ tbsp olive oil

2 large tortillas
Grated mature cheddar cheese
Spicy Kidney beans
Tomato salsa

METHOD

• Lightly beat the eggs in a medium bowl, add in all the other spices and seasoning. Whisk well with a fork

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• Heat the oil in a non stick frying pan, pour in the egg mixture into the pan on a low to medium heat

• Let the egg set and then flip, cook until both sides are golden brown

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• Sprinkle some cheese onto the omelette and place one tortilla firmly onto the cheese, hold the omelette and tortilla and flip. Do the same thing on the other side

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• Add the cheese plus spoon some kidney beans and cover with a tortilla

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• Cook on both sides and hold firmly in place to flip the whole quesadilla

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• Once crispy and golden, slice into quarters and serve with a juice tomato salsa and more grated cheese

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Tomato Enchiladas In A Spinach Ricotta Sauce

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Now you’re thinking having looked at the picture above, has she made enchiladas or spinach & ricotta cannelloni? Well I’ve done it again! I’ve combined two classic Italian and Mexican dishes to form one superb fusion dish that will leave your tastebuds wanting more. Also you will all have noticed that instead of the spinach & ricotta mixture being in the enchiladas as it is meant to be in cannelloni! I’ve swapped it around! This way you still get a kick from the chilli tomato sauce inside the enchilada but more importantly it is smothered in a vibrant fresh green spinach sauce that really blew me away as it came bubbling out of the oven. This creamy garlic tomatoey taste sensation is not to be missed!

INGREDIENTS

300g baby spinach
250g ricotta cheese
430g tomato passata
1 small white onion chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 tsp dried oregano
1/2 veg stock cube
1/3 tsp cayenne pepper
1 level tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Cheddar cheese grated
6 large tortilla wraps

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 180ºc/350ºf/gas mark 4. In a food processor blitz the spinach and garlic to a paste, add a little water to get the process going.  Season with salt, pepper and add the ricotta cheese and once again blitz so that it all combines

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• Heat the oil in a small saucepan, sauté the onions til soft. Sprinkle in the oregano and pour in the passata with cayenne pepper. Crumble in the stock cube and add a little water. If the tomato passata is too sour then stir in a pinch of brown sugar to balance out the flavour. Simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes

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• Place a wrap on a clean surface. Spoon some tomato sauce plus the ricotta/spinach sauce and gently roll up

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• Repeat for the remainder of the wraps and lay in a baking dish

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• Pour all the spinach sauce onto the rolled wraps making sure everything is covered

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• Distribute a generous layer of grated cheddar cheese to form the topping

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• Bake on the middle shelf for approximately 20 minutes and then brown off the cheese under the grill to make the enchiladas crispy

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• Serve with a side salad or some mexican rice

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