Friday, July 27, 2007

Beef Enchiladas With Red Sauce

This is the perfect Enchilada dish to make, and so quick and easy too. I mentioned this dish in my previous post. It is one of the many excellent recipes in Jane Milton's cookbook of 2001, Mexican Red Hot Cookbook.
500 g /1 1/4 lb rump (round) steak, cut into 5 cm/2 in. cubes
2 ancho chillies, seeded
2 pasilla chillies, seeded
2 garlic cloves, crushed
10 ml./2 tsp dried oregano
2.5 ml./1/2 tsp ground cumin
30 ml./1/2 tbsp vegatble oil
7 fresh corn tortillas
shredded onion and flat leaf parsley to garnish
Mango Salsa to serve or your own salsa version
Put steak in a deep frying pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours, or until very tender.
Meanwhile, put the dried chillies in a bowl and pour over the hot water. Leave to soak for 30 minutes, then tip the contents of the bowl into a blender and process to a smooth paste.
Drain the steak and let it cool, reserving 250 ml./8 fl. oz./1 cup of the cooking liquid. Meanwhile, cook the garlic, oregano and cumin in the oil for two minutes.
Stir in the chilli paste and the reserved cooking liquid from the beef. Tear 1 of the tortillas into small pieces and add it to the mixture. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat. Simmer for ten minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened. Shred the steak using two forks, and stir it into the sauce, heat through for a few minutes.
Spoon some of the meat mixture on to each tortilla and roll it up to make an enchilada. Keep the enchiladas in a warm dish until you have rolled them all. Garnish with shreds of onion and fresh falt leaf parsley and then serve immediately with the Mango Salsa.
For a richer version place the rolled enchiladas side by side in a gratin dish. Pour over 300 ml./1 1/2 pint/1 1/4 cups of sour cream and 75g/3 oz/3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese. Place under a preheated grill (broiler) for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts and the sauce begins to bubble. Serve immediately.
The Mango Salsa recipe is not included here, but you could even use your own version of a salsa if necessary.

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