Thursday, January 20, 2011

U-G-L-Y this pie ain't got no alibi!

It's ugly (whoop whoop!) it's ugly! 

Told ya: 

Oh, and delicious.

This was our token slow-cooker meal for the week, assembled in the afternoon and eaten when we got home from running group. Topped with a little sour cream (Greek yogurt, if you have it, would be perfect) and Frank's RedHot, it was worthy of seconds--something I rarely opt for these days.

I'd never used foil "handles" in the CrockPot before, so I wasn't sure if I did them right, but it's pretty hard to do wrong. I think. :z The recipe never stated if the corn tortillas were supposed to be soft or hard, so I took a gamble that if they'd meant hard, they would've been listed as such. Perhaps I'll try hard ones next time. My softies kinda disintegrated on me, as you can see.

Mile High Enchilada Pie
from Incredibly Easy Gluten-Free Recipes
serves 4

8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 jar (12-16oz) salsa of choice
1 can (or homemade equivalent, about 1 2/3 cups) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup shredded cooked chicken (I used 2 pressure-cooked and shredded boneless breasts)
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheese
Fresh cilantro and sliced red pepper, optional

1. Prepare foil handles for 3-4qt slow cooker* and place into the crock.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together salsa, beans, chicken, and cheese.

3. Place a tortilla on top of the foil in the bottom of the crock. Top with a scoop of chicken mixture; spread almost to edges of tortilla. Continue alternating tortillas with chicken mixture until both are used up.

4. Cover, cook on low 6-8 hours (mine was in for about 6 hours before we ate, and I think it was too long--you can see how some of the beans burnt at the edges. I'd say 4hrs would be about right, since both chicken and beans are cooked through already) or on high 3-4 hours. Remove with foil handles. Garnish with optional pepper and cilantro, if using.

* Tear off two 18x2 strips of foil and fold lengthwise to double their thickness. Cross pieces in an "X" on the bottom of the slow cooker crock, bringing excess up the sides of the crock and out the top.

Yes, it's ugly. But it's good. So close your eyes if you have to, and go make one.

CHALLENGE update: Tortillas, chicken, beans, salsa, cheese, and sour cream were all purchased at Ken's Fruit Market. We did not use cilantro or bell pepper.

1 comment:

  1. Ooooh. I like the foil handles!
    ps. I tihnk it may be impossible to take a pleasing picture of that pie, but I know it tastes great.