Thursday, August 21, 2008

Green Pork Enchiladas

I finally remembered my password to access the blog! Yea! Blond moments seem to come so much more frequently now than they did before children....

This is our favorite use of our new favorite (and cheap) pork cut. I usually make 3 large pans of enchiladas because we can eat them for several days before we're tired of them. You can cut the recipe in half and get a good 1/4 sheetcake pan of enchildas or a 9x13 pan plus a few extras.

3-4 pounds of extra lean country style pork ribs (not really ribs, actually a shoulder cut)
1 large sweet onion, chopped
1 can (4oz) chopped green chiles
2 large (28oz...I think) cans green enchilada sauce
1/2 - 1 lb sharp cheddar cheese (or monteray jack, or whatever you like)
corn tortillas (I buy the package of 3 doz, but there are some left over)

Place roast, onion, green chiles, and 1 can of enchilada sauce in crockpot. Cook 6-8 hours on low or until meat pulls apart when pulled with 2 forks. Brush a layer of enchilada sauce over the bottom of your cooking dish (whichever dish you choose). Warm remaining enchilada sauce in a small skillet on the stove. One at a time place tortillas in warm sauce and remove them when they are pliable (otherwise they will split when you begin working with them). As you remove the tortillas fill them with a spoonful of meat mixture and top with a scant handful of cheese, then roll the tortillas and place in the baking dish with the seam side down. You could also choose to layer your enchiladas and place the tortillas flat in the baking dish and then layer the remaining ingredients (tortilla, meat, cheese, tortilla, meat, cheese, tortilla) and then brush sauce over the top layer of tortillas and sprinkle with more cheese. Bake them in a moderate oven (350 - 375 degrees) until the cheese in bubbly.

This meat filling also makes great tamales. I just follow the recipe on the bag of masa for directions on making the masa shell of the tamales. You can use a jar of green salsa instead of enchilada sauce when cooking the meat mixture if you prefer that flavor (we switch back forth depending on my mood and pantry contents).

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