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by Sarah Steimer

I made this for Bill’s birthday in October, and then again for my family when I went home for Thanksgiving. Enchiladas might be one of my new favorite meals to make. It’s so easy to mix and match flavors depending on the season or whatever is in your refrigerator.

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced thin
  • salt
  • 1 cup black beans (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup diced green chiles
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 chicken breast, poached and roughly chopped (I use bone-in, skin-on chicken and then pull the meat off after poaching, but boneless, skinless is a bit faster)
  • 4 soft corn tortillas
  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded

Simmer the sweet potato in a small pot until the cubes are soft enough to be mashed. About 10-15 minutes.

In the meantime, heat enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a small saute pan. Add the onions to the oil, along with a pinch of salt. Cook until the onions are just caramelized.

Want more than just four enchiladas? Double the recipe and use a regular 13-by-9-inch pan.

Mash the sweet potatoes and mix in the black beans, diced chiles, chili powder, garlic, cumin and salt to taste.

Place about half of the salsa in an 8-by-8-inch (or 9-inch) square baking dish. Shake to distribute the salsa in the bottom of the dish.

Distribute the mashed sweet potatoes and black beans, caramelized onion and a sprinkle of the cheese (leave about half for the top). Roll each taco up and place in the baking dish, with the seams facing down. Pour the rest of the salsa on top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake the enchiladas at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until the cheese has melted.

Makes four enchiladas, or two-three servings.

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by Sarah Steimer

Don't make this if you're very, very hungry - like we did. Not that it won't fill you up, it will. It just takes a little longer to prepare than you would expect and the fantastic smells will kill you.

  • 4 flour tortillas*
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 12 ounces beer (this is the average bottle size – choose a milder beer like an amber ale or lager)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup chopped bell peppers (or another vegetable of  your choice, or just more corn)
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese – we went with Monterey Jack

    Neither corn nor peppers are in season where I live - BUT this was the perfect time to whip out the veggies I blanched and froze at the end of last summer!

Spray a springform pan with oil, or apply oil with a paper towel. Place one tortilla in the bottom of the pan, trimming the edges if necessary.

In a pan with oil, add the onions, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until onions have softened.

Add the beans and the beer, bringing the liquid to a rolling boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow the liquid to almost completely evaporate. The recipe said this should take 8-12 minutes but I think that was a complete lie. It felt more like 15-20 or so. But we were also wildly hungry so it may not have taken that long.

Add the peppers, corn and scallions until heated through. Remove from the heat.

Layer about 1/2 cup or so of the mixture onto the tortilla in the pan, followed by a handful of cheese and top with another tortilla. Repeat and finish with the last tortilla on top, sprinkling some extra cheese on this.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese melts and starts to brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before cutting.

Makes about four servings.

*I don’t have a springform pan and, instead, used an 8-inch cake round and smaller tortillas. Because the sides of my pan were not very high, we were only able to layer four tortillas and had about two cups of the black bean mixture left.

Recipe adapted from: Elly Says Opa!

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by Sarah Steimer

Admittedly, I already had leftover chipotle peppers from another recipe, and I just bought a jar of honey that I've been crazy about from our winter farmer's market - so this recipe sort of fell into place.

  • 1 pound (16 ounces) Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Possible dippers

  • carrots
  • steamed or raw broccoli
  • red pepper strips
  • crisp tortilla strips or tortilla chips
  • apples (as usual)

Toss the cheese in the corn starch to coat. Set aside.

In a saucepan, bring the beer to a boil. Lower the heat and slowly add the cheese, stirring constantly. Once the cheese is a smooth consistency, add the garlic, honey, chipotle pepper and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Add more beer if the fondue seems too thick.

Serve immediately – and keep stirring! This is definitely a good recipe if you have an actual fondue pot that you can keep over heat. Otherwise place the fondue in a bowl inside of a larger bowl that is well insulated. And like I said – keep stirring!

Makes four servings.

Recipe adapted from: Honey.com

*Throughout February we’ll post fondue recipes as part of our Fond of You guide (get the Valentine’s Day reference?). You can find all of our fondue recipes here.

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