Friday, January 25, 2008

King Ranch Casserole

I saw this recipe on the Today Show. King Ranch Casserole. I made it last night and it was sooo yummy. My kids SAID that they liked it but it was too spicy. I probably shouldn't have put the Rotel in because I knew that they wouldn't like it but I couldn't help myself. I really like it spicy! Next time I will probably just put in some diced tomatoes. Geoff and I ate way more than our share.
FYI - I didn't put in the jalapeños or cilantro (I'm allergic to cilantro) and instead of Fritos I added more of the toasted corn tortillas crushed up on top. Also, I didn't have any cream so I used canned evaporated milk and it turned out great.


12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 onions, chopped fine
2 jalapeño chiles, seeds and ribs removed, then minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 (10-ounce) cans Ro-Tel tomatoes
5 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup heavy cream
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
11/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 4 cups)
Salt and pepper
2 1/4 cups Fritos corn chips, crushed


1. Adjust the oven racks to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 450 degrees. Lay the tortillas on two baking sheets, lightly coat both sides with cooking spray, and bake until slightly crisp and browned, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly, then break into bite-sized pieces. Using potholders, adjust the top oven rack to the middle position.

2. Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the onions, chiles, and cumin until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice and cook until most of liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook 1 minute. Add the cream and broth, bring to a simmer, and cook until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the chicken and cook until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Off the heat, add the cilantro and cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Scatter half of the tortilla pieces in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish set over a rimmed baking sheet. Spoon half of the filling evenly over the tortillas. Scatter the remaining tortilla pieces over the filling, then top with the remaining filling.

4. Bake until the filling is bubbling, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle the Fritos evenly over the top and bake until the Fritos are lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Cool the casserole 10 minutes. Serve.

Things you can do ahead of time: The casserole can be assembled through step 3 and refrigerated, covered with plastic wrap, for up to 1 day. When ready to bake, remove the plastic, cover the casserole with foil, and bake until the filling is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Remove the foil, top with the crushed Fritos, and proceed as directed with the rest of step 4.

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