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(Cookbooks that focus on ethnic, cultural, or regional
cooking in the United States of America)


American Home Cooking:
Over 300 Spirited Recipes Celebrating
Our Rich Tradition of Home Cooking

by Cheryl Alters Jamieson and Bill Jamieson,
1999, Random House


Onion and Olive Enchiladas


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Jacqueline Higuera McMahan, a descendant of the original Spanish settlers
in California, grew up eating these unusual enchiladas at family barbecues
and breakfasts alike. She recalls them in California Rancho Cooking (1988)
as "a favorite of las comidas del pais (the native foods)," and a single serving
will show you why.

Enchilada Sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fine dried bread crumbs or
unbleached all-purpose flour
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons ground dried mild
red chiles, such as ancho or New Mexican
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups diced onions
12 large thin flour tortillas
3/4 pound medium to sharp Cheddar cheese,
grated (about 3 cups)
3/4 cup sliced pitted water-packed black olives

Prepare the sauce, first warming the oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in the bread crumbs and brown briefly. Add the
garlic, oregano, and chiles. Slowly pour in 4 cups of water, stirring to avoid lumps, and then add the vinegar and salt. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce
the heat to a simmer and cook until somewhat thickened and reduced, 20
to 25 minutes. (The sauce can be made up to several days in advance and
refrigerated, covered, or frozen for up to several months. Reheat before
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a large baking dish, one that is at
least as wide as your tortillas.
Warm the olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and sauté for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The onions should become translucent and very soft, but not brown. Reduce the heat if
needed. Dip a tortilla into the chile sauce and place it on a plate. Sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of the cheese and 2 tablespoons of the onions down
the center of the tortilla. Scatter a couple of teaspoons of olive slices over
the onions. Instead of rolling up the tortilla, just fold the tortilla in half.
With a spatula, transfer the enchiladas to the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling ingredients, placing each enchilada so that it overlaps the previous one. Spoon the remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Sprinkle with any remaining cheese or olives.
Bake the enchiladas for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. (Some tortillas may balloon up a bit as they cook.) Serve immediately.

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