Wednesday, March 30, 2011

church cookbooks and chicken enchiladas

i love old church cookbooks. i love the font, the recipe names, the notes at the bottom like "serves four, but you might want to plan on just two." from their spiral binding to their simple, sweet covers, these are some of my favorite sources to find tried and true comfort food. there are tons of recipes i am storing away to make this weekend, next week and all summer long.

last night, i made chicken enchiladas from a 1980s church cookbook. i would like to thank a woman named karen abbott, who i never met, for the fabulous recipe.

Chicken Enchiladas

*You'll need 12 small tortillas (I used nine regular sized ones)
4 cups cooked chicken (about three cans, or you can use cut up breasts, rotisserie, etc. whatever you have on hand)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. chili powder
sprinkle pepper
1/2 cup sour cream

2 Tbsp. butter
1 medium onion, sliced
sprinkle garlic powser
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1 (1 lb) can tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
sprinkle salt
sprinkle pepper
grated cheddar cheese

Shred chicken and combine all filling ingredients, mixing well.

for sauce, melt butter in saucepan. saute onion and green pepper until tender. add remaining ingredients, except cheese and simmer, uncovered, about five minutes.

fill each tortilla with chicken mixture. fold in half and placed in greased 13x9 inch dish, overlapping tortillas slightly. cover with sauce. bake in preheated oven (350 degrees) for 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. sprinkle with grated cheese and serve.

i suggest enjoying this dish with  some good friends. or a sweet husband. or a begging, precious puppy. whichever you prefer. either way, you're sure to have leftovers, and nothing, i repeat nothing, tastes better reheated than mexican food.


melissa said...

Ohhhhh thanks. I am starving now. This looks DELICIOUS!! xoxo

Jennifer Rod said...

this looks yummy! mail me the leftovers please. :)

jillian m. said...

looooove chicken enchiladas! fresh mexican food sounds so yummy right now.

Haley K said...

amen to the amazing-ness of reheated Mexican food!!! :) And I too love church cookbooks, and their side notes and tips ;) Thanks for this recipe! I totally have left over chicken from dinner last night...looks like it's Latino supper tonight :)

Anna said...

MMMM looks delicious!

Tatiana said...

those look so yummy! It may be my dinner tonight :-)
Love your blog too

Meri said...

I have a cookbook similar to this- it was made as a fundraiser for my friend when he had hospice costs. The recipes are really old school and there are jello salads galore, but I love it :)

Amber Blue Bird said...

my mom collects cookbooks so I have seen my fair share of old church cookbooks and they are lovely. This recipe sounds yum.

the southern hostess said...

So true about leftovers! These look like they came out pefectly.

Ashley said...

Why am I suddenly starving, even though I just finished dinner? ummmm, and dessert? :P

This looks absolutely DELISH!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Oh, I can't wait to make these. I have an old church cookbook from the 1950s or around then. It was my grandmother's and has lots of great Polish recipes in it. It's one of my treasures, especially because I feel like it connects me to her.

Emily said...

Yummy! Thanks so much for sharing this!


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