Monday, May 18, 2009

Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Green Sauce

Serves 6.

  • 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breast halves
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 28oz. can Las Palmas Green Chili Enchiladas Sauce
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 12 corn tortillas (6-inch)
  • 12 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely shredded (3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Season chicken with salt and pepper; place with garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of breast (avoiding bone) registers 165 degrees, 25 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine salsa and cream.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Once chicken is cool enough to handle, shred meat, discarding skin and bones. Peel and chop garlic. In a large bowl, combine chicken, garlic, and 1/2 cup salsa mixture.
  • Stack tortillas flat, and wrap in damp paper towels; microwave on high for 1 minute to soften. Working with one tortilla at a time, dip in salsa mixture, lay flat, and fill with 1/3 cup chicken mixture. Roll up and arrange, seam side down, 8 enchiladas lengthwise and 4 crosswise in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Top with remaining salsa mixture, then cheese.
  • Bake until cheese is browned and salsa is bubbling, 40 to 45 minutes; let rest 10 minutes. Serve, sprinkled with cilantro, if desired.

Kelley's Lemon Margaritas

Makes 3 large or 6 small margaritas!

1 Margaritaville DM1000 frozen concoction maker
1 Double shot glass - preferably an "I Survived Kelley & Roroc's Wedding" shot glass
1 Metal lemon juicer/press

3 Large lemons (or 6 small lemons), cut in half
2 -3 Shot glasses of simple syrup (cooled) - made of equal parts sugar and water simmered together until sugar has dissolved
3 Shot glasses of Tequila (we like Hornitos Plata 100% Agave Tequila)
1 1/2 Shot glasses of Triple Sec (we like the generic brand called De Kuyper)
ice - you might want to buy a bag!

Load the Margaritaville ice reservoir with ice and close the lid! Set the machine to "ready" and "3 drinks." Into the blending jar, juice the lemons, and add the simple syrup, tequila, and triple sec! Put the lid on the jar and place on the blending base. Flip the "Shave 'n Blend" switch to on, and watch in amazement as the Margaritaville automatically mixes the right proportion of ice with the ingredients! Serve immediately to self, spouse, and friends!

Drink and repeat the process as many times as needed until you find that lost shaker of salt!

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