Friday, June 4, 2010

Chicken Tomatillo Enchilada Casserole

12-6 inch corn tortillas, cut into quarters(homemade are great, recipe included below or you can use store bought)
3 medium chicken breasts
1 garlic bullion cube(not NECESSARY but really yummy!)
8-10 tomatillos, husked and halved
1-2 jalapeƱos, tops removed and halved(leave seeds if you like it spicier!)
1 1/2 c chicken broth
small handful of cilantro
1 clove of garlic, smashed
3 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

Boil Chicken in water with garlic bullion cube until chicken is done, cool and shred

place chicken broth in sauce pan over medium high heat, add halved tomatillos and jalapeƱos. Boil until the tomatillos are fork tender(about 5 minutes)
Pour contents into a blender with cilantro, garlic and green onions and blend until smooth, add salt and pepper to taste

Put a scoop of tomatillo sauce in the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish, place a layer of tortillas , slightly overlapping to cover the bottom. Add 1/3 of the chicken, 1/4 of the cheese and a scoop of sauce.

Repeat layers until tortillas are gone, top with remaining sauce and cheese.

Cover in foil and Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, uncover and bake 15 minutes more.

Corn Tortillas:
2 cups Masa Harina Corn Flour(NOT CORN MEAL)
1 tsp. sea salt
1 1/4 cup boiling water
1 tsp. shortening

Mix the masa harina and salt in the bowl of a kitchenaid mixer. Measure 1 cups of boiling water and the shortening into a separate pan or bowl. Stir until the shortening is melted.
Pour this mixture into the bowl of corn flour and mix with the paddle attachement.
Add in remaining 1/4 cup water and switch to the dough hook.
Knead the dough for one or two minutes. Play with the consistency by adding more water if needed. What you want is a dough that is moist enough to stay together but not too sticky.

Divide dough roughly into 16 pieces

Preheat a griddle to medium high heat, NO grease needed

If you are using a tortilla press, cover with a thick plastic(big ziplock bags work well!)
Place your dough ball and place another piece of plastic over the ball. Press per your press instructions!
If you dont have a press simply roll them into approx 6 inch circles
Place the tortillas on the heated griddle and cook approx 45 seconds-1 minute per side

Place on plate and cover with a SLIGHTLY damp towel or into a tortilla warmer until ready to use....or into a ziplock bag and in the fridge.

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