What a delicious surprise this recipe is i found in an old recipe book a good friend gave me. In my search on how to prepare zucchiniwithout making a sweet bread, i stumbled on this one! Have already made it multiple times to great reviews and made a couple more that i put into the freezer with cooking instructions written with a Sharpie marker on the foil covering it.
Zucchini & Cheese Enchiladas or Casserole*
2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
1 tsp chili powder (optional)
½ tsp ground cumin
2 cups milk
2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
½ tsp salt
Black pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ cups chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 large bell pepper chopped (optional)
6 cups chopped zucchini
16 to 18 corn tortillas
2 cups chopped tomatoes
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour, chili powder, and cumin to make a thick paste. Add the milk, a little at a time, using a wire whisk. Slowly add the cheese, stirring constantly until cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and zucchini and sauté 2 more minutes. Add ¼ cup of water, cover, and steam veggies until tender. Remove vegetables from heat, and drain excess liquid. Gently mix in 2/3 of the cheese sauce. Lightly oil a 9×13-inch baking dish. To assemble, place two tortillas side by sade at one end of the pan. Spread a generous amount of filling down the center of the tortillas, then fold them over and roll up the tortillas. Place filled enchiladas seam-side-down in the pan. Continue in this manner until you have filled the pan. Spoon remaining sauce on top and garnish to tomatoes. Bake, uncovered, for 20 -25 minutes. Serves 8
*I prefer making this as a casserole since it’s much easier. i do take the time to prepare freshly made corn tortillas with Masa Harina, then loosely layer the flavorful tortillas on the bottom of the pan, then top with half the zucchini/cheese mixture, layer another set of tortillas and spread the remaining zucchini/cheese mixture. Spread the remaining 1/3 of cheese mixture on top, then dot the whole casserole with diced tomatoes.
Add the butter and flour to a small sauce pot. Heat and whisk the butter and flour together until they become bubbly and foamy. Continue to cook and whisk the bubbly mixture for about 60 seconds.
Whisk the milk into the flour and butter mixture. Turn the heat up slightly and allow the milk to come to a simmer whilst whisking. When it reaches a simmer, the mixture will thicken. Once it’s thick enough to coat a spoon, turn off the heat.
Stir in the shredded cheddar, one handful at a time, until melted into the sauce. If needed, lace the pan over a low flame to help the cheese melt. Do not overheat the cheese sauce.
Once all the cheese is melted into the sauce, stir in the salt and chili powder. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. If the sauce becomes too thick, simply whisk in an additional splash of milk.
INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 lb lamb or beef sausage ½ lb kale, tough stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped (or spinach, which is our family’s preference) ½ lb dried egg noodles 2/3 cup water ½ cup Parmesan cheese
DIRECTIONS Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook sausage, breaking up any lumps with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, blanch kale (or spinach) in a 6-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove kale with a large slotted spoon, drain over pan, and add to cooked sausage in skillet. Sauté, stirring frequently and scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet. Return cooking water in pot to boil and cook egg noodles in boiling water, uncovered, until al dente. Add noodles to skillet with a slotted spoon and ½ cup reserved cooking water if necessary, tossing until combined. Stir in cheese and thin with additional cooking water in desired. Serves 6.
Tips: Retain some of the noodle cooking water and add to any leftovers for easier warming up. As always, use eggs (for making noodles) from pastured hens and sausage from grass-finished animals for best nutrition and flavour. Grow your own or buy the greens from your neighbour. I make beef sausage a few days ahead and freeze; time allows the spices; salt, sage, black pepper, to meld with the ground beef.
INGREDIENTS 2 cups unbleached white or whole wheat flour 3 egg yolks 1 egg 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
DIRECTIONS Make a well in center of flour. Add egg yolks, egg, and salt; mix thoroughly . Mix in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is stiff but easy to roll. Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Roll dough, one part at a time, into paper-tin rectangle on well-floured cloth-covered board. Cut into narrow strips with a knife or noodle cutter. Shake out strips and place on towel until stiff and dry, about 2 hours. Break dry strips into smaller pieces. Cook in 3 quarts boiling salted water (1 tablespoon salt) until tender, 12 to 15 minutes; drain. About 6 cups noodles. Storage: after drying, noodles can be covered and stored no longer than 1 month.
Use these noodles for the Egg Noodles w/Sausage & Kale Recipe.