Friday, July 21, 2006

Courtney's Famous Enchiladas

I'm giving credit where credit is due. Several years ago in college a bunch of friends and I got together for a big meal. I don't remember much about the night, but I do remember one thing: Courtney's chicken enchiladas. I asked Courtney for the recipe and over the years have made them for potlucks and gatherings. They are famous for one reason: Everyone loves them! So much so, that some whom I've passed the recipe on to have tried to pass it off as their own.

I've changed some things over the years, but the basics are still the same.

Chicken Enchiladas

1 whole chicken
1 onion, chopped
fajita seasoning

1 can cream of mushroom soup (Campbell's 98% fat free is great)
1 8 oz. container of low fat sour cream
1 jar green salsa verde or green enchilada sauce

8 oz. cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend
8 large tortillas

1. Place a whole chicken and chopped onion in a crock pot. Season with fajita seasoning. Cook chicken until juices run clear. (Usually about 6 hours on low). When chicken is done, remove and let cool enough to debone.
2. Mix together the wet ingredients, saving some of the green salsa to the side to use later.
3. Add onions and meat from chicken to about 2/3 of the green sauce mixture.
4. Using about 1/2 of the green sauce mixture, spread it on the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
5. Taking a tortilla, add 1/8 of the chicken mixture and some shredded cheese. Fold in sides to make an enchilada. Place in the pan.
6. When all enchiladas are made top with remaining green sauce mix, remaining green salsa verde, and cheese. Place in an oven at 350 and bake for 25-30 mins.
7. Top with shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes to serve.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Steamed Buns

Last year, I started adding Steamed Buns to the menu at our Chinese New Year's party. They were the first to go! The best thing about them is they are so easy to make. Also, by using prepared biscuits, the dough always comes out perfect.

The best way to steam the buns is with a wicker steamer. You can find these in most Asian grocery stores or stores like World Market.

Steamed Buns

12 oz. can buttermilk biscuits (Grands size)
1/4 lb. hamburger
4 green onions

Teriyaki Sauce:

3 Tbs. soy sauce
3 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. cornstarch

1. Fry hamburger and drain the oil.
2. Make the teriyaki sauce by combining soy sauce, sugar, and cornstarch. Add to the hamburger.
3. Finely chop the green onoins. Add to hamburger mixture.
4. Flatten each biscuit with your fingers, until it is stretched out. Place about 1-2 Tbs. in the center of the biscuit. Fold all the ends together by pinching the dough.
5. Steam buns for 20 mins. Let stand for 5 mins to cool. Be careful to remove the cover slowly, as cooling them too quickly will cause them to collapse.