Monday, September 14, 2015

Recipe: Bob’s Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I write novels of adventure and romance set in the Southwestern United States. The novels touch on local culture, including food. For my most recent romantic suspense, The Dead Man’s Treasure, I put together a recipe booklet of foods mentioned in the book, including this delightful breakfast classic. (See also my posts Red or Green: The New Mexico Chile, Homemade Green Chile Sauce, Breakfast Burrito, Huevos Rancheros, Enchilada Casserole, and New Mexico Green Chile Chicken Soup Recipe – use these links or simply click on the “Recipe” label down to the right.)

Bob, who until recently worked at the Very Large Array, often brings this dish to parties.

Bob’s Chicken Enchilada Casserole

1 medium-sized yellow onion, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 habanero chile, finely chopped
Olive oil for cooking
1 quart chicken broth
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 pound green chile, roasted, peeled, chopped
About 24 corn tortillas
1 pound Colby cheese, shredded
1 pound Jack cheese, shredded

  1. Lightly brown onion, garlic, and habanero in olive oil.
  2. Add broth and poach chicken until well done. Turn off heat and allow to cool.
  3. Shred chicken and put back in broth. Add green chile and cook on low heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Prepare tortillas by quickly immersing them in hot olive oil for 10-15 seconds each, until limp.
  5. Line the bottom of a 9x13 glass baking pan with a layer of prepared tortillas, overlapping.
  6. Add a layer of chicken and chile with a slotted spoon to limit the amount of liquid.
  7. Add a layer of cheese. Repeat layering until the stuff is used up.
  8. Bake at 350°F until bubbling and cheese is browning, about 30-40 minutes.

See the DMT page of Kris Bock’s website for a printable version of recipes from the book.

Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves. Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help.

Sam is determined to show Rebecca that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge.

Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico. See the DMT page of Kris Bock’s website for a printable list of the clues and recipes from the book.

The first book in the Southwest Treasure Hunters series is The Mad Monk’s Treasure. The Dead Man’s Treasure is book 2. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This series mixes action and adventure with “closed door” romance. The stories explore the Southwest, especially New Mexico.

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