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Mexican Food

My cousin Carolyn sent me her father's recipe for Enchiladas and I finally got around to trying it. The problem for me is that the recipe serves ten, and really should be served immediately. So, I just had to make a single serving.

Albert's Cheese Enchiladas

1 pkg (780g)(27.5oz) Corn Tortillas (14cm)(5.5in)(about 30 tortillas)
Oil
1 big or 2 (10oz) size cans mild Enchilada Sauce
1 large yellow Onion, chopped
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Lettuce, shredded
Sour Cream
Fried Egg (optional)

Fry tortillas one by one in hot oil til crisp. Drain on paper towels.
Dip each tortilla into a bowl filled with enchilada sauce. Coat each with sauce.
On a large baking sheet, assemble each tortilla stack: tortilla, chopped onion, cheese, 2nd tortilla, chopped onion, cheese, 3rd tortilla, chopped onion, cheese. Each stack will be a 3-tortilla tower.
Bake at 350 til cheese is melty.
Now for the best part... top each enchilada with a bit of shredded lettuce, a big dollop of sour cream or, in the case of my dad, a fried egg.

A package of 30 will make 10 stacks. Serve them as the entree with refried beans and maybe some fresh fruit as sides. Don't forget the sour cream ! Yum!


I just spooned the sauce over the tortillas because I was only making one stack. I considered substituting scallions for the yellow onion but the yellow onion gives it a nice bite that really works. I made a single stack and cooked it in my toaster oven. It was delicious! It didn't even need toppings. But it does take a bit of time and effort.

I sat in my kitchen and ate my uncle's food. I've never had enchiladas quite like this. I suspect they are more authentic than the usual restaurant enchiladas Americans are used to. This is what I wanted when I put together the Family Cookbook. I wanted recipes that would help me feel closer to my relatives.

Then this morning I made myself a cheese quesadilla, and topped it with salsa and sour cream. I always say quesadillas are grilled cheese sandwiches made by people who's bread is a tortilla. I used a whole wheat flour tortilla.

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