Week 18

Chicken Enchiladas

[taken from page 41 of “The Weilert Family Cookbook: 2nd Edition”]

Notes: Another week at home, another dinner party. This time it’s another personal favorite, although I seem to recall that my family has recently switched over to the America’s Test Kitchen version of this recipe. I might just have to try their version one of these days when I’m not entertaining, and can be allowed to make more mistakes.

Lessons:
1. This recipe is not for the OCD-clean-kitchen types. Because it calls for coating the tortillas in enchilada sauce on both sides, I found drips of the sauce all over the counter where I was preparing this dish. Even after wiping off the area, there remains a slight reddish tint to the counter top.
2. Another fault of “family recipes” (which I have covered before) is the indeterminate means of measurement. For future reference, when you bake this dish until “[the] edges of enchiladas are crisp and the cheese has melted”, 20 minutes have past.
3. There is a lot of transference required in this recipe, and as such, requires many plates to be dirtied in the process.
4. Glad I had the food processor for this recipe, because I only have one cutting knife, and it was already dirtied with raw chicken. Plus, it made chopping the onion about 30 times quicker than normal.
5. Cooking skills I am now proficient in: scalding myself with hot oil. Yet another recipe that requires that I use hot oil to flash-cook the meat before it goes into some other containment for baking.

New Equipment: Kitchen shears. Oh, what I wouldn’t have given for a good pair of kitchen scissors on this recipe. At the very least I managed to not slice my finger off when cutting the chicken up, but I believe that convenience is what I aim for.

Final Analysis: Not overcooked, but still off a little bit. It could be that I cooked the onions in the drippings from the chicken, or the way I cooked the chicken, but it didn’t quite taste the same as I remember it. At any rate, it doesn’t really matter, because it is (after all) a comfort food.

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