Enchilada Sauce [RECIPE]

Enchiladas with enchilada sauce

Why buy canned enchilada sauce when it is so easy to make it at home? (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Although you can purchase ready made enchilada sauce at the grocer’s, it is helpful to know how to make it yourself for those times you can’t get to the store. It is easy to prepare, tastes great, stores in the fridge for up to a week and even freezes well. It also isn’t only for enchiladas. I use it when making other recipes too when I’m looking for a tomato sauce with a bit of zip, like with my beef and bean burritos. If you make the sauce in advance, just be sure to warm it before adding it to your recipe. Read more of this post

Green Chile-Tomatillo Sauce

We love tomatillos and we are always looking for new ways to prepare them. Their unique citrus-tinged flavor is the perfect match for Mexican food. If you already like our yummy Salsa Verde, then we guarantee you’re going to love this Green-Chile Tomatillo Sauce with its cream base, spicy chiles and a twist of lime. Serve it over nachos for a unique twist, replace red sauce with it on enchiladas, or use it in our Blue Corn Chilaquiles with Chicken. Any way you eat it, it’s delicious! Read more of this post

Cranberry Sunrise

Cranberry Sunrise

A touch of orange liqueur transforms traditional cranberry sauce into a festive grown-up treat!

Few things say autumn like cranberry sauce. As a child, I used to love the prepackaged jellied sauces available at the grocers. Every fall, I remember slipping the can into my mother’s cart and hoping she wouldn’t notice. Now that I’m older, I still love this gorgeous sauce. So simple to prepare, I forego the jellied sauces and make this dish myself, as it only takes minutes to put together and can cook and chill while I’m assembling other parts of the meal for my family and guests. Pairing tart cranberries with sweet juice and a touch of orange liqueur, this grown-up twist on a perennial classic is destined to become one of your new favorites as well.

PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 1 hour + 4 hours chill time

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 12-ounce package fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice with pulp
  • 2 tablespoons Triple Sec or other orange-flavored liqueur

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place cranberries in 8- x 8- x 2-inch glass baking dish. Add sugar and orange juice, stir to combine. Cover tightly with foil. Bake until juices form and cranberries are very soft, about 1 hour. Uncover, mix in liqueur. Cover and refrigerate until very cold, about 4 hours. Transfer to a beautiful bowl and serve.

TIPS: This dish may be prepared up to 3 days ahead. Keep chilled. Try serving with a roast turkey or glazed ham as a delicious, festive garnish.

YIELDS: About 2 cups

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Red Chile Honey

Red Chile Honey

Great as a glaze or as an addition to your favorite salsa, our Red Chile Honey makes everything a little extra special.

Ever since we were wed, we’ve had a love affair with the American Southwest. We’ve taken more trips to New Mexico than we care to count, and whether we’re in the little town of Jemez Springs at a rustic bath house and its neighboring cowboy bar, stepping into the past at a Mexican saloon in Albuquerque’s Old Town square, or exploring the wonders of magical Sante Fe and dining at one of the city’s culinary treasures like Pasqual’s, Geronimo or The Shed, we’re always discovering new flavors we want to introduce to our kitchen at home. This recipe for Red Chile Honey is one of the many flavors we’ve brought back with us. We love how simple it is to prepare. Add it to homemade salsas or use it as a glaze for pork, poultry or even roasted vegetables like squash to give your favorite meal something extra special and a kiss of sweet, smoky flavor.

PREP: 2 minutes
COOK: 1 minute

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon red chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground garlic salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan on low heat and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

TIPS: If using as a glaze, baste meat or vegetables during the last few minutes of cooking.

YIELDS: 1 cup

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Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde
Growing up in the American Southwest, many of our dishes were influenced by Mexican flavors and vegetables, including tomatillos and assorted chilies, like the spicy Serrano peppers in this green sauce. The addition of peanuts gives this salsa extra creaminess. Our Salsa Verde is great on top of scrambled eggs, scooped up with tortilla chips or utilized in recipes like Chicken Enchiladas Salsa Verde.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 white onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 2 Serrano or jalapeño chilies, stems removed
  • 14 whole tomatillos, peeled and simmered in water for 5 minutes
  • 1/4 cup roasted and salted peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the broiler. Place the onion, garlic and chilies on a foil lined cast iron skillet. Broil for 4 minutes or until charred and blistered. Discard the garlic skin.
  2. Place the onion, garlic, and chilies in a blender jar with the tomatillos, peanuts, salt and broth. Blend until smooth.

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