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Onion and Olive Enchiladas
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Jacqueline Higuera McMahan, a descendant of the original Spanish settlers
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
show you why.
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
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
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
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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