February 10, 2010

Cooking Light: Enchilada Casserole

I LOVE enchiladas, mmmmm red sauce, but I know that restaurant enchiladas are not that good for you. I've also been dying to make a casserole, don't ask me why, I just really wanted to make one. Anywhoodle, last night I looked up Enchilada recipes on Cooking Light (where else, right?) and came across this recipe. Enchiladas? Check! Casserole? Check! 5 Stars? AWESOME!

Light Turkey Enchilada Casserole
adapted from this recipe on Cooking Light

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic (or more, I like a lot of onion)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 can (28 oz.) red enchilada sauce (Cooking Light's recipe calls for a 29 oz. can but my store only carried 28 oz. cans)
12 corn tortillas (6 in. wide)
2 cups shredded reduced-fat jack cheese (8 oz.)
Chopped spring onions

1 - In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, stir turkey, onion, garlic, oregano, and cumin in oil until turkey is crumbly and no longer pink, about 4 minutes.

2- Stir in 1 cup enchilada sauce. Add salt to taste.

3 - While turkey is simmering in enchilada sauce, cut tortillas in half. Arrange a fourth of the halves (6 halves) evenly over the bottom of a 3-quart casserole, overlapping to fit.

4 - Sprinkle a fourth of the cheese (1/2 cup) evenly over the tortillas.

5- Top with a third of the turkey mixture and a fourth of the remaining enchilada sauce, spreading each level. (I poured the remaining enchilada sauce in a large measuring cup to see how much I had left and then divided it that way)

6 - Repeat to make two more layers of tortillas, cheese, turkey mixture, and sauce; top with another layer of tortillas and sauce, then cheese.

7 - Bake in a 425° regular or convection oven until cheese is melted and casserole is hot in the center, 18 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped spring onions.

You'll notice my cheese is EXTRA crispy, that's because A) Hubs was playing Mario Bros and didn't hear the timer go off; and B) I like my cheese a little crispy ;-)


Anonymous said...

Yum, I need to make this!

HisBirdie (Ali) said...

@Sass - The best part is we have a TON of leftovers so we'll be eating on this for days :)

Laura K [AKA Miss Mojito] said...

i lovvvve me some crispy cheese and i need to make this stat, seems SO easy and looks so yummy! i know brad would love this one :)

Brandi said...

That looks yummy!!!

mrs shortcake said...

I'm going to try this tonight! Thanks, missy!

A. Marigold said...

Ooh, thanks for linking it again! I am going to try it!

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