Monday, March 1, 2010
Ancho Chili Enchiladas & French Meadow Bread Pressed Sandwiches
Every time I make my own enchilada sauce with dried chilis, I wonder why I ever buy the canned stuff. Making your own is cheaper, it's really easy, and the results are always worth the extra effort. This was made with dried ancho chili peppers, seeded and soaked in hot water, and blended with roasted garlic, Mexican oregano, and ground cumin seeds and cloves. Apple cider vinegar and salt are mixed in at the end - as usual, my chili sauce is based on recipe from Rick Bayless' Mexican Kitchen.
For these enchiladas, I covered the corn tortillas with ancho sauce, then fried them for a few seconds on each side in a lightly oiled pan. Speed is of the essence - fry the tortillas before they get soggy from the sauce, and carefully remove them from the pan after just a moment of frying on either side. It's a little messy, but I love how the chili sauce gets seared into the tortillas. These are stuffed with roasted chayote, & sauteed spinach and mushrooms. The cheesy looking bits are a provolone "uncheese" recipe from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, by Joanne Stepaniak.
Here's a couple of sandwiches, made with spelt bread from French Meadow Bakery, thanks to some promotional coupons they sent me. There aren't a lot of French Meadow products at stores here in the Fargo-Moorhead area, but I really like this spelt bread - I'll have to try their rye too, which I also found. Since they're made without preservatives, they're in the freezer section. This bread includes exactly three ingredients: organic spelt flour, water, and salt. I've long since gotten tired of reading the long list of fine print ingredients on most supermarket breads, so I appreciate what they're doing here.
I used my Foreman grill for some pressed sandwiches, which makes this one of my fave kitchen gadgets. Elvis inspires the sandwich at top, with peanut butter and sliced bananas, and a bit of agave nectar to make it gooey and sweet.
This is my spelt bread panini, stuffed with roasted red pepper, sliced avocado, more of that provolone "uncheese", and a simple pesto of Italian parsley, spinach, garlic, and walnuts. Tasty stuff. The French Meadow slices are on the small side, making for nice little snack size sandwiches.