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Enchilada Casserole

Enchilada CasseroleMy two grown children are coming here for Thanksgiving, and I am THRILLED.  I’m proud to say that I’m close to all of my kids, and that holidays spent together are not an obligation but a celebration made even more special by the fact that we don’t actually see each other often, although we talk to each other on a very regular basis.

Like, damn near every day.

One of the things I do when I know the kids are going to be here is make a menu of their favorite dishes.  In fact, last evening I called Darling Daughter (who currently resides in every mother’s nightmare Las Vegas) and asked her what she’d like to eat while she’s here.  After acknowledging that yes, chicken and dumplings would be served at some point, we put together a tentative menu.  After settling the basics with my lovely daughter, I IM’d Oldest Son, outlining what we’d be eating over the course of the week.

Just to make sure all that home cooking would suit him, you know.  He responded in typical person with a penis Oldest Son fashion:

“Sounds good to me! All I see is, ‘This day, we’re having yummeh foodz, then this day we’re having more yummeh foodz, and then this day yummeh foodz again, etc.'”

It’s so nice to know I’m appreciated.  No, really.  It is.

At any rate, as Oldest Son pointed out, all teh yummeh foodz will culminate in The Epitome of All Yummeh Foodz:

Thanksgiving.

And with Thanksgiving comes leftover turkey.  Often, so much leftover turkey that you stand around saying, “There’s no way in HELL we can eat this many sandwiches.”  (Although Beloved will give it the good ol’ college try.)

Well, stock up on the canned soups, folks, because I’ll give you a couple of recipes that will make pretty good use of that leftover turkey.  Nothing fancy or gourmet (and certainly not diet-friendly) by any means, but good, solid, comfort fare that will warm not only your stomachs but hopefully your hearts as well.

This dish was originally passed on to me as a good use for leftover chicken.  Me?  I have a hard time telling leftover chicken from leftover turkey.  Turkey works well, trust me.  And whatever leftover poultry you use, this is pretty tasty.

Enchilada Casserole

serves 6 generously (and can be easily doubled)

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup sour cream

1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

12 flour tortillas, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 – 3 cups leftover cooked chicken or turkey, cut into bite-sized pieces

2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chilies, drained

8 ounces (about 2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese

8 ounces (about 2 cups) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350° F; lightly butter a 2-quart glass baking dish.

In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat; stir in the onion and cook until tender and almost translucent.  Stir in the soup, sour cream, coriander and cumin.  Mix well and set aside.

Layer half of the tortillas, chicken or turkey, chilies, soup mixture, and cheeses in the baking  dish.  Repeat with the remaining tortillas, poultry, chilies and soup mixture, reserving the remaining cheeses.

Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, until heated through.  Remove foil, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and return to oven for 10 – 15 minutes, until the cheese melts and begins to brown slightly.  Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Next week:  Quick and Easy Turkey Pot Pie.


25 comments

Erin says:

My boy will love this. Anything with that much cheese can’t be wrong.
Though I will make a section with no turkey layers due to that not-eating-meat thing I have going on. (Still have not gotten over myself.) :-)
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Michele says:

With a couple of substitutions you have just given me dinner tonight. Diet friendly be damned I’m eating enchiladas.
.-= Michele´s last blog ..Important Medical Update =-.

I am LOVING this recipe! I usually freeze the leftover turkey only to throw it out later when I forget about it. ;) This will be perfect – even Princess Nagger loves enchiladas, so it’s definitely a win/win. ;)
.-= Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)´s last blog ..Spinning Up Courage – In Remembrance of Nana Nelda =-.

Di says:

We are big fans of casseroles in our house, in fact I’d rather have casserole on Thanksgiving Day than Big Bird. The recipe looks easy and delicious!

Love enchiladas.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal
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Pippa says:

Adopt me? Please?

Yum, Yum, Yum! This looks amazing. Moms who cook are so wonderful!
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Jane Gaston says:

This sounds like a great recipe as I was thinking the same as you: “How the hell can we eat all this turkey!” Thanks for helping me out once again, Jan!
.-= Jane Gaston´s last blog ..Dear So and So… =-.

Oh, what a great idea for leftover turkey! Love enchiladas.
You’re so funny (and right) about your son. Screw the kitty websites, let’s start one of men standing there and put the thoughts we know are coming (or not) from their minds. At least a few of these guys (your sons and mine included, of course) are almost as cute as the cats.
.-= Maureen@IslandRoar´s last blog ..Family Time: Mandatory =-.

TC says:

NOM NOM NOM NOM…….(5 minutes later) NOM NOM NOM NOM

I think I drooled on my desk when I clicked on the Thanksgiving link.

Is it bad that I love to eat? I have to say, I couldnt agree with Oldest Son more, lots of yummeh foodz. Let the indulgence begin!

That looks suspiciously like King Ranch Casserole to me. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. :)
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Lori says:

I love cooking for and with my kids too so I understand where you are coming from. Oh the joy and I am so happy for you. I make something pretty similar to this and it is so yummy!
.-= Lori´s last blog ..Be The Change =-.

LPC says:

I like the post-modern implications of using leftover Thanksgiving protein for a Mexican-American dish.
.-= LPC´s last blog ..Luxury Hotels, St. Regis San Francisco. =-.

Mama Badger says:

Oh, oh, oh. The noms are rolling in! I can’t wait to try this. We’re not hosting Thanksgiving, but PB bought a turkey that weighs more than LG. I shall roast our bird, and put this on the list right after turkey burgers. So excited!

I’m counting down days too. My crew comes home Tuesday night. RC has already told me he’s going to eat more than I’ve ever seen him eat. (Dorm/cafeteria food has not been a big hit!) : )
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Tricia says:

I’m so excited for you to have (almost) everyone with you and I think it’s wonderful how you embrace the people you love by feeding them. When I go “home” I always feel comforted and loved when my mom feeds me!!
.-= Tricia´s last blog ..Knock, Knock =-.

Jan, I know I’ve said this before but I should not be allowed to read your blog at work. The drool is KILLING my keyboard!
Yum!
.-= Sprite’s Keeper´s last blog ..Too Young For Tact =-.

Gretchen says:

This is so Texan! I love it. A keeper.

Funny, I remember having the same food conversation with Mama whenever I came home for the holidays! The whole holiday would just be a big eat-a-thon.
.-= Gretchen´s last blog ..The Biannual Boil =-.

Jenni says:

your recipes always make me want a second lunch.
.-= Jenni´s last blog ..On Nursing =-.

Mary Anne says:

Just printed this one (and Chicken & Dumplings)! We have Thanksgiving at my sisters house but have been known to cook our own turkey because we miss the leftovers. This sounds soooo good. I wish I had the ingredients at home right now…
.-= Mary Anne´s last blog ..Another Pleasant Valley (Random) Tuesday =-.

Barbara says:

I make this basic dish every year, too.
.-= Barbara´s last blog ..The Gallbladder is Gone, Gone, Gone! =-.

Thought processes while drooling over this recipe:

I’m so making this recipe.
MHS will love it.
Cheese, glorious cheese.
I think I’ve eaten something like this.
The Saint makes a very similar casserole every year when they come to visit.
Yummeh foodz, indeed.
Yep, I’m making this one.
MHS will love it.
.-= Smart Mouth Broad´s last blog ..WHEN SHE GROWS UP =-.

Monica says:

We’re having this tonight! I am certain it will be something all 6 of us will like.
.-= Monica´s last blog ..Miracles Do Happen =-.

Monica says:

Not expensive, quick & easy…extremely filling and very tasty!
.-= Monica´s last blog ..Miracles Do Happen =-.

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