January 19, 2011

The time I finally cooked a successful meal for Saul's family

**Not to be confused with the time I unsuccessfully cooked spaghetti and almost ruined Mother's Day dinner for Saul's family**

Monday was Sue's (Saul's mom) birthday, so the family got together on Sunday for lunch. Usually when we do Sunday lunches or dinners, we grill something - brisket, hamburgers, brats. Also, I use the term "we" veeeeery loosely.

Meaning, usually I do nothing to help.

Actually, that's not true. Sometimes Saul and I go buy potato salad and bring it over in all of it's plastic-tub glory.

I'd like to make it known that I ALWAYS help with the dishes, though.

Anyway... I talked to both my sisters-in-law and we decided that we'd like to try something different for Sunday lunch. Something not grilled. So I suggested enchiladas. I'd made some pretty bomb-ass enchiladas the week before and I thought they'd be super easy to recreate and a definite crowd-pleaser. I mean, who DOESN'T like enchiladas??

Aside from the fact that I had a dream that I only made 8 enchiladas (there are 8 adults in the family, 10 people all day, but the little girls prefer pb&j to chilis and beans), everything went great and the food was awesome. I didn't take any pictures because I NEVER TAKE ANY PICTURES - fml - but just imagine, if you will, 30 enchiladas with all their cheesy goodness, and a big ass batch of refried black beans with bacon and onions.


Just in case you'd like to try them...

Turkey and Black Bean Enchiladas

Corn tortillas
1 lb ground turkey
1 onion (diced)
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 can of diced tomatoes w/chilis
1 can of black beans (drained)
Cumin (to taste)
Chili powder (to taste)
Enchilada sauce
Shredded cheese

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Brown the turkey. Drain off any excess fat, and then add the onions and garlic to the same pan. Once the onions are translucent, add in the cumin and chili powder and mix.
Pour in the tomatoes and chilis, and the black beans.
Let that all cook down a bit to get rid of some of the liquid from the tomatoes, and re-season, if necessary.
Heat the tortillas so they are pliable.
Spoon a bit of the turkey mixture into a tortilla and roll it up.
Place it in a baking dish, seam side down.
Repeat until dish is full.
Cover all the filled tortillas with enchilada sauce and shredded cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove foil at 20 minute mark, and bake uncovered for another 5 minutes.
Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt and avocado!

Creamy Black Refried Beans

1 can of black beans
1 small onion
Bacon strips
1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt

Dice the onion and cook until translucent.
Cut up a few strips of bacon and cook the pieces until crisp.
Set bacon and onion to the side.
Pour beans (undrained) into a food processor.
Add greek yogurt and blend, until smooth.
Pour beans back into pan used to cook onions and bacon, and cook over medium heat.
Once beans are warmed through, add in cooked onion and bacon bits.
Sprinkle with cojita cheese and enjoy!

1 comment:

bananas. said...

yea i'm gonna need to see pictures if you want me to believe you! ;)


i'm just kidding!

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