Monday, December 8, 2008

Comfort Food ROCKS!!

OK, so many of you know I love to try new recipes, but I've been in a cooking rut lately . . . until I found THIS recipe in December's "Southern Living" magazine. Breakfast Enchiladas - what could be more wonderful?!? So I made them tonight and they WERE wonderful, and I wanted to share a bit of the wonderfulness with you! I tweaked the original recipe a bit to suite my taste, so here it is:

Breakfast Enchiladas

1 (1 lb.) package ground pork sausage
2 T. butter
10 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. pepper
3/4 tsp. salt
8 (8-inch) soft-taco size flour tortillas
Cheese sauce (see recipe below)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees - cook sausage in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, 6 to 8 minutes or until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink - remove from skillet and drain well - wipe skillet clean - melt butter in skillet over medium heat - add beaten eggs, salt, and pepper and cook, without stirring, 2 minutes or until eggs begin to set on bottom - gently draw cooked edges away from sides of pan to form large pieces - cook, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes or until eggs are thickened but still moist (do not over stir) - remove from heat and gently fold in 1 1/2 cups cheese sauce and sausage - spoon about 3/4 cup egg mixture down the center of each flour tortilla and roll up - place, seam side down, in a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish - pour remaining cheese sauce over tortillas - bake for 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbly - serve with desired toppings (I garnished with sundried tomatoes)

Cheese Sauce

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 (8 oz.) block Cheddar cheese, shredded (DO NOT USE preshredded cheese - trust me, it make a HUGE difference!!)
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies
3/4 tsp. salt

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat - whisk in flour until smooth and cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute - gradually whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 7 minutes or until thickened - remove from heat and whisk in remaining ingredients until cheese is melted

I think this cheese sauce would be delicious with macaroni or other pasta, or to make cheese grits. So many possibilities!!

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