Chicken Enchiladas & Avocado Cheesecake

Tonight's dinner/dessert is completely green!

Enchiladas with verde sauce, and avocado cheesecake.

These guys look like little chinese lanterns.  They are tomatillos, a member of the tomato plant, and a staple fruit used in latin american salsas.  Verde sauce, or "green" salsa is the most popular dish that is comprised of tomatillos.  They grow in their own little husks.  Underneath the husks the skin of the tomatillo is bright green and very sticky! Boiled alongside some serranos, and then thrown in a blender together with some garlic, cilantro and onion, is how you get green salsa.
After you boil the tomatillos, they turn a orange-ish color.

mmmm....green salsa.

Chicken enchiladas were delicious.

And for dessert?

Avocado cheesecake.  I think avocados are one of the prettiest fruits.  They have a lot of nutritional value, including vitamins E, K, potassium and monounsaturated fat, which is good for lowering blood cholesterol.

Slime cake.  That's what it looks like.  It looks like the nasty green slime that people used to get covered in on old Nickelodeon game shows (I miss those by the way! double dare anyone?).  My recipe did not say to bake the avocado/cream cheese mixture, so I just baked the crust then poured in the filling.  So it did not really "set" like a normal cheesecake does.  It was just kind of like a big green goopy mess.  I was unsure of whether or not I should bake the avocado filling.  I don't know if that would oxidize the fruit faster and make it turn brown and gross?  no idea. Maybe next time I'll experiment and figure it out. But for now, this was messy, but tasted good! 

Chicken Enchiladas
From SimplyRecipes

  • 4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skins removed (about 1 3/4 lbs)
  • 1 1/2 lbs tomatillos, papery husks removed, rinsed
  • 4 serrano chile peppers, top cut off to expose interior and to remove stems
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 of a whole white or yellow onion
  • Salt
  • 1 bunch cilantro, rinsed and chopped, stems included
  • peanut oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Mexican Cotija or Queso Fresco cheese


1 Put chicken thighs in a medium sized saucepan and just cover with water. Add one clove of garlic that has been cut in half, 1/4 of an onion, and 1 teaspoon of salt to the water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a low simmer, and cook, covered, for 20 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked through. Remove chicken thighs to a separate bowl and let cool enough to touch.

2 While the chicken is cooking, put the tomatillos and 3 serrano chile peppers in a separate sauce pan and cover them with water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Simmer until the tomatillos are cooked, and have changed color, but are not mushy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Use a slotted spoon to transfer tomatillos and serranos to a blender. Add 1/2 cup of the tomatillo cooking liquid to the blender, as well as 2 cloves of garlic, a third a cup of your chopped onion, and about 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro (packed). (Remaining chopped onion and cilantro will be used for garnish.) Add one teaspoon of salt. PurĂ©e until completely blended, 15 to 30 seconds. Taste for heat. If not spicy enough add another chile pepper (doesn't have to be cooked). Note that sour cream will eventually be added to the sauce which will cool down a lot of the spiciness. Add more salt to taste if necessary. Pour sauce into a skillet, bring to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes. Then remove from heat.
3 Remove the cooked chicken meat from the bones. Shred the meat with a fork or knife. Put the chicken in a bowl and add 1/3 to a 1/2 cup of the tomatillo sauce to the chicken. Taste the chicken; if it needs salt, add a little.
4 Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Add a tortilla to the pan and use a metal spatula to flip it to the other side. Place another tortilla on top of this one (to soak up the excess oil) and flip again. When the tortillas are heated through, remove them to a plate lined with paper towel. Add a little more oil to the pan, and add another couple tortillas. Continue to heat through and soften all of the tortillas. Note that if you are using just made homemade tortillas you can skip this step because the tortillas are already hot, softened, and ready to eat.
4 Warm the oven to 200°F. Dip a tortilla in the salsa verde tomatillo sauce and place it on an oven-proof serving dish. Scoop a spoonful of chicken into the center of the tortilla and roll up the tortilla. Place on the serving dish and repeat with all of the tortillas. Put into the warm oven to keep the enchiladas warm while you finish the sauce.
5 Heat the salsa verde sauce again until simmering, then remove from heat. Stir in the sour cream until well blended. Remove the warming enchiladas from the oven and pour salsa verde sauce over all of them. Top with chopped onion, cheese, and cilantro.
Serve immediately. Serve with extra garnishes of onion, cheese, and cilantro on the side. Serves 4 to 6.

Avocado Pie

From a piece of paper that I found from where I had copied down this recipe from a magazine.

for crust:
5 Tbs butter, melted
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 Tbs sugar
dash of salt

for filling:
2 ripe avocados
1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, room temperature
1 14-oz sweetened condensed milk
2 1/2 Tbs lime juice
1 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
dash of salt
**Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brush springform (or pie plate) with 1/2 of melted butter. Mix remaining butter in with the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt.  Press mixture onto bottom and sides of pan.  Bake 15 minuts.

Chop avocados, add cream cheese and beat with mixer on medium until smooth.  Add condensed milk, lime and lemon juice, salt and beat until fluffy.  pour into crust, cover with plastic and chill for at least 4 hours.  

1 comment:

  1. Maybe you should experiment with a small portion of the filling so that you don't wreck all of it if it ends up turning brown. The green slime tasted good to us! I guess we'll have to return your pan soon so that you can bring us something else! Thanks for sharing! It's like having our own personal pastry chef!



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