Saturday, December 22, 2012

Turkey Enchiladas with Homemade White Sauce

I'm finally getting around to my last left-over turkey recipe for the year.  We've had so much turkey over the last month we are definitely not having turkey for Christmas.  I've had something similar to this recipe except it was made with chicken. I've wanted to learn how to make it ever since.  After some Internet research, combining other's recipes with my own hunches, I created the following dish. It hit the spot, and I will make this dish again either with leftover turkey or leftover chicken.



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Turkey Enchiladas with Homemade White Sauce
1 small to medium onion, diced small
3 cups of left-over turkey, diced medium
8 oz oven roasted green chilies divided, 2 oz  set aside (or canned equivalent)
4 cups of homemade turkey stock (made the same way as chicken stock, or store bought broth - a staple in my pantry) divided, 1/2 cup set aside
4 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of flour
3 cups of Monterrey Jack cheese divided, 1 cup set aside
1 cup of sour cream
8 flour tortillas (about 8 to 8 1/2 inches in diameter)
olive oil
salt
white pepper
fresh chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)
sour cream for garnish (optional)
salsa or pico de gallo for garnish (optional)

1. Soften one small to medium diced onion in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until translucent.



2. Add the chopped turkey and 1/2 cup of the turkey broth to the pan.



3. Mix 2 oz of roasted green chilies to the turkey mixture and remove from heat after turkey is warm.



4. Melt butter in a medium-sized pot.



5. Add flour to make a roux.




6. Do not let the flour brown. Slowly add the remaining turkey broth to the roux, and stir until the sauce is thickened.



7. Stir in the remaining 6 oz of green chilies to the sauce.



8. Stir in 3/4 cup of the 1 cup divided cheese (keeping 1/4 cup set aside) until melted and blended into the sauce.



9. Remove the pot from the heat and blend the sauce with an immersion blender.  (I do this to make the sauce kid friendly.  Well, in my case, husband friendly.  I don't think my husband would like "spicy green things" in his sauce).  Plus, the flavor is more evenly distributed.


10. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in 1 cup of sour cream.  This has a cooling effect against the spicy green chilies.



11. Add salt and white pepper to the sauce.  Have a taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

12. Add 1/2 cup of sauce to the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.  Assemble 8 enchiladas by dividing the turkey mixture and 2 cups of cheese evenly between the tortillas.  Add the turkey mixture to the center of the tortilla and top with cheese. Tuck each side of the tortilla around the mixture and place the enchilada seam side down.



13. Line up 8 enchiladas side by side and pour the white sauce evenly over the top.



14.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese down the center.


15. Place the dish in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 - 40 minutes until brown and bubbly.


16. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and serve.  Makes 4 dinners serving two per person.



Here are the results of my internet search and the other recipes that inspired mine:


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