Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Amber's Spicy Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce

I actually saw Amber mention that she had made pumpkin enchiladas on Jill's blog. I was curious and requested the recipe. Thanks, Amber, for this submission! And, by the way, if you're planning on having enchiladas for Thanksgiving, I think this would be a great recipe to try!

Spicy Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce

This dish can be assembled up to eight hours ahead of time; refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap, until ready to bake (add a few minutes to the cooking time).

1/2 leftover thyme-roasted chicken, skin removed, meat shredded
6 scallions, thinly sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin purée
4 garlic cloves, peeled

1 jalapeño chile, quartered (remove ribs and seeds for less heat, if desired)
1 teaspoon chili powder
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese (6 ounces)

1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a medium bowl, combine chicken and scallions. Season generously with salt and pepper; set aside.
2. In a blender, purée pumpkin, garlic, jalapeño, chili powder, 2 1/2 cups water, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until smooth (hold top firmly as blender will be quite full). Pour 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of an 8-inch square (or other shallow 2-quart) baking dish.
3. Lay tortillas on work surface; mound chicken mixture on half of each tortilla, dividing evenly. Roll up tortillas; place, seam side down, in baking dish.
4. Pour remaining sauce on top; sprinkle with cheese. Place dish on a baking sheet; bake until cheese is golden and sauce is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Cardine says: Have you ever entered the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, Amber? If this recipe is original, I bet it would get some attention and turn some heads. Is anyone else curious about how this tastes?


Jill said...

I'm really intrigued to taste this one.

And speaking of the Pillsbury Bake-Off stuff... Anna over at CookieMadness.net runs a cool blog and she was this year's Pillsbury winner. She recently competed in a Cooking Light competition with one of my co-workers. She's pretty awesome.

Anonymous said...

What an unusual sounding recipe. I'm going to have to try it.

BTW, Cardine, I'm loving all these recipes!

Allie said...

I'm excited to try this! I've been getting pumpking empanadas from Taco Time this month with my sister...just the right time of year for this.