Wednesday, March 7, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Dinner Menu


In the past, instead of serving the typical corned beef and cabbage dinner for St. Patrick's Day, I have been known to make sure that everything on the dinner menu that night is GREEN!
It's actually a lot of fun and a great challenge coming up with ways to incorporate green into your St.  Patrick's Day menu, and one of my family's favorite dinner items are my Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas.  See recipe below.

Along with the enchiladas I plan on serving a mixed green salad tossed with my favorite Lime Cilantro Dressing. It' so yummy!  And of course I can't forget my green margaritas! Very simple...All you have to do is add green food coloring.  How easy is that?

And for dessert? Well that's going to be store bought mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches.  Super easy and very refreshing after eating this type of meal.  You know, this meal is really sounding more like one for Cinco De Mayo, but it really doesn't matter what you eat as long as you love it, right?
What are your St. Patrick's Day dinner plans???
 

 





GREEN CHILI CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

1 Package chicken breast tenders (Chicken breasts are okay. Use about 3 or whatever is equal to a package of the tenders in weight)
10 or more flour tortillas…I use the soft taco size  (How many used depends on how much you fill the tortilla)
2 Large cans green enchilada sauce (I use La Victoria brand)
½ medium red onion, diced small
4 cups Shredded cheese (cheddar, jack, your preference) Reserve some for the topping before baking.
1 large handful cilantro, chopped (Reserve some for garnish)
3-4 dashes of cumin
½ pint of half & half  (I use fat free)

Note: This recipe makes about 9 enchiladas. The amount of enchiladas depends on what size tortilla you use and how full you make them.

DIRECTIONS:
On low heat gently saute chicken in oil/margarine/butter until done. Do not over cook. While the meat is cooking, place the 2 large cans of enchilada sauce in a large pot.  Add cumin, cilantro, and half and half.  Sauce will become lighter green. 

Cook on low to medium-low heat for about 8-10 minutes until the ingredients heat and thicken some.  Once the sauce is heated through, turn it off and add a thin layer to the Pyrex dish before placing the filled tortillas in it. 
 Once the meat is cooled to the touch, shred or dice it up. Using tongs, dip each flour tortilla in sauce to soften before filling.
 NOTE: have a dinner plate ready to place your dipped tortilla on for the assembly part.  Dip one tortilla at a time, place on the dinner plate and get ready to fill.

THIS NEXT PART GETS A LITTLE MESSY. Add the chicken meat, diced red onions, and shredded cheese (add amounts to your own preference) on the tortilla and roll it up. Leave ends open and place in pan seam side down.  Once pans are filled with enchiladas, pour remaining sauce over the filled tortillas.  Don’t drown them, just pour enough sauce over them and fill the dish about half way with the sauce.  Sauce will soak into the tortillas while cooking.  Top with reserved shredded cheese.  Sauce amounts can vary, so if there is not enough sauce to fill the dish about half way, try adding a little more half and half/milk/water to the dish to stretch the sauce. Cover dish with foil while baking.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.  If you like the enchiladas more crispy on top, uncover last 10 minutes while baking.  Basically, the meat is cooked so you are really just heating up the ingredients.
Garnished with sour cream and chopped cilantro.  ENJOY!


Lime Cilantro Dressing

Zest of 2 Limes (then juice these for the 5T. needed below)

5T. lime juice (2 Limes)

4 cloves garlic crushed

1 jalapeno pepper, chopped fine.
Slice open and remove seeds.

2 handfuls cilantro, snipped into blender

2/3 C. vegetable oil

6T. feta cheese, crumbled

Toss all ingredients into blender and whirl till creamy. Recipe fills a normal sized cruet.

Suggested Salad Ingredients: 
Lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, tortilla chips, sliced red onions, black beans and grated jack and cheddar.






2 comments:

  1. oh so yummy come see the desserts for st patricks day that I shared on my blog http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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