Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cook From The Book::Crepes Ensenada


Today's recipe comes straight from one of my most favorite cookbooks, "Remedies for the I don't Cook Syndrome" by Janet Peterson. Though it is now out of print, I'm grateful for the mystery person who gave it to me when I got married. We have so many family favorites that have come from it.  It's not fancy in any way, but filled with delicious family-friendly recipes. 

I shared this one a few years ago with a local TV show called, Good Things Utah and they actually demonstrated it on AIR!  I know!  So, if you want to know how awful I looked pregnant with my youngest (who is now 2 1/2) all swollen (my nose grows about 3x its normal size when I'm pregnant) and about to burst, take a peek at the link right HERE.  It's really quite funny!  PLUS you'll get a step-by-step demonstration on how to make this DELICIOUS recipe for Crepes Ensenada!

Crepes Ensenada
from "Remedies for the I don't Cook Syndrome"
  by Janet Peterson

12 thin slices of ham (we like extra ham and use 24 slices)
12 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1 lb. Monterey Jack cheese, cut lengthwise into 12 sticks
1-4oz. can diced green chilies (we LOVE green chilies so I use one can for the tortillas and one for the sauce)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place 1-2 slices of ham on each tortilla.  Put 1 stick of cheese in center and top with a few chili pieces.  Roll tortilla and secure with a toothpick (I just put into the pan folded end down to secure and it works just fine).  Place tortillas slightly separated in a greased or sprayed 9x13-inch pan.  Pour cheese sauce over tortillas.  Srinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered 45 minutes.

Cheese Sauce
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. flour
4 c. milk
3/4 lb. cheddar cheese, grated
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1-4oz. can diced green chilies (if desired)

Melt butter and blend in flour to form a smooth paste.  Add milk, grated cheese, mustard, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

Serves 6-8.
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  1. My mouth is watering...this sounds great and very doable. I've shied away from making traditional crepes, but I love that these are made with tortillas!

  2. I am SOOOO glad I saw this before going grocery shopping. Now I've added this to my menu for this week. (I'm a bit behind with the shopping since we've been sick here.) These look similar to a chicken enchilada I make, but I am looking forward to trying this!

    And I think you look awesome on the video!

  3. That sounds so good! We love green chili's in my house. I can't wait to try it!

    And oh my gosh! I didn't know you were a local celebrity!

  4. How creative! Nice break from the regular ham and cheese.

  5. This looks so wonderful and perfect for the family. Perfect cheesy goodness :D

  6. I love all of your photographs. It makes me so excited to get a new camera over Christmas. All of your food looks so vividly delicious!


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