Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tonight I made THE Pioneer Woman's White Chicken Enchiladas. When I made my meal plan for this 2 weeks last Saturday, I had planned to make Easy Chicken and Dumplings for tonight. I picked up chicken breasts on my shopping trip for just this purpose. Then last Monday I saw this post on Ree, the Pioneer Woman's blog. Forget chicken and dumplings, I'm making this! With shredded chicken, heavy whipping cream, onions, green chilies, AND a jalapeno in the filling plus sour cream, more green chilies, and 1-1/2 cups of Monterrey Jack cheese in the sauce, I couldn't resist. I knew that it had to be ridiculously good. I didn't do a step by step pictorial on this one. PW's skills put me to shame. Just check out her blog if you'd like to see pictures of this project. As always, they are beautiful.
Here they are, fresh out of the oven.
And served up with some Rice a Roni Spanish Rice. Yep, from a box. The PW served hers with real homemade Mexican rice. You can check that out at The Pioneer Woman Cooks too. The enchiladas were challenge enough for me tonight, thank you very much!
Okay, the verdict: Obviously really good. Delicious. The crazy thing is...and I really can't believe that I'm about to type this...I still like my Chicken Enchilada recipe better. The one that I've been making for years. Maybe it's because I'm used to it? Maybe it's because I like the use of coriander in my sauce versus the paprika in Ree's recipe? Maybe it's that I feel less guilt when I eat my version with no cream, no sour cream, less cheese. Maybe it's that mine comes together just a little quicker with less ingredients and less chopping? I'm not sure what it is. Please don't misunderstand, I still loved PW's chicken enchiladas. What's not to love? I'm just surprised that I still like my recipe more, that's all.
I should note that I did take a couple of liberties with PW's recipe. I used just chicken breast, rather than a whole cut up chicken. I used cafe style enchilada tortillas made with corn flour...not regular wheat flour tortillas, but not full on corn tortillas... and I didn't fry them first. And last, I didn't shred my own cheese. I just bought it pre-shredded from a bag.
You know what I will take with me from PW's chicken enchiladas and apply to mine? The addition of fresh cilantro on top! That totally made the dish for me. I'm not sure why I haven't been topping my enchiladas with fresh cilantro all along.
Adios, amigos! Have a good night!