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Enchiladas Con Crema

Adapted from a dish served at El Café de Tacuba in Mexico City, these enchiladas have a French influence and are similar to enchiladas suizas.

2 boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves

Salt to taste

12 corn tortillas, softened See Cook’s Notes

Spinach-Poblano-Cream Sauce (prepare ahead; see recipe below)


3 oz. grated manchego cheese (or Swiss cheese)

Place chicken in a saucepan with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer gently for about 10 minutes, or until cooked. Remove chicken and cool. Shred chicken, add salt to taste, and set aside.

Place about 1 T. shredded chicken just off center in each tortilla, and roll up. Place enchiladas in a shallow baking pan, or place 3 of them on each of 4 ovenproof serving plates. Ladle sauce over enchiladas, sprinkle with cheese, and bake in a 350º oven for 5 minutes, or until heated through and cheese has melted. Place enchiladas under broiler for about 2 minutes, or until cheese just begins to turn golden. Yield: 12 enchiladas, or 4 servings.

SPINACH-POBLANO-CREAM SAUCE 1 (10-oz.) pkg. frozen spinach, thawed 2 T. peeled, seeded, and minced fresh poblano chilies or canned green chilies (see Cook’s Notes, page 12) 2 c. whipping cream 3 T. butter 1/4 tsp. salt (or salt to taste)

Wrap spinach in a towel, and squeeze well to remove as much moisture as possible. Measure 2 T. of spinach, and set aside (reserve remainder for another use).

Place 2 T. spinach, chilies, and 1 c. of cream in a blender; blend for 15 seconds, or until vegetables are just puréed. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, and stir in chili mixture and remaining cream. Simmer until slightly thickened (about 5 minutes), stir in salt, and remove from heat. Yield: About 2 c. (enough for 12 enchiladas). Issue: January, 2002, Page 10

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