Monday, October 29, 2012


*Just a note; as I wrote this blog this afternoon, I did not know the magnitude of Tropical (Super) Storm Sandy would be when she hit the North East.  My prayers are with those in the path of the storm.

Tropical storm Sandy blew past South Florida; leaving in her wake cool weather!!!!  We get so excited in South FLA when a cold front comes through cuz we get to put on our cute sweaters, fun scarves, and tall boots.  Really, I have more scarves than any one who lives in this climate has any business having. 

As I sit here writing this blog my windows are open, I’ve donned a sweater, and these adorable slippers I got at Target. 

My pants look short, because I bent over to take the picture. 

Tonight we will sleep with the windows open; no AC…woo hoo (I’m really not that hard to please)!

To me squash is so comforting to eat when the weather is cool; even the vibrant orange hue is just so warm.  Put in an enchilada with chicken, salsa verde and top it with ooey gooey cheese…are ya kiddin’ me!?!

I actually came up with this recipe as I was flipping through a magazine and saw a Mexican recipe made with pumpkin seeds.  Pumpkin & chicken enchiladas popped into my head, and I figured it would be great with tomatillos and green chilies.  

When I got to the super market, my initial plan went out the window.  The pumpkins were way more expensive than the buttercup squash.  So I went for the buttercup squash (buttercup squash is like a small green pumpkin).  Oaxaca cheese was $12 so I grabbed the $4 mozzarella.  Feeling clever/lazy I put a jar of tomatillo salsa for the Enchilada Verde Sauce in my cart.  Why should I roast and peel all those tomatillos and peppers when there are thoughtful salsa makers willing to do it for me.  I already had some chicken thighs I intended to roast, but you could buy a rotisserie chicken.

The Buttercup Squash & Chicken Enchiladas Verde were super simple to put together, and sooo yummy!  Billy took one bite and exclaimed “Holy Moly, these are good!”  Then we proceeded to ooh and aah after every bite we took.

Here’s what you do.

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees.

This is a buttercup squash.  If you can't find buttercup squash, then go ahead and use butternut squash or pumpkin.


 Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds.


 Put the squash cut side up on a sheet pan. 

Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  

Put a cup of water in the bottom of the sheet pan.   

Roast for 30 to 40 minutes. 

 If you’re roasting chicken thighs, do that now too, you will need about four chicken thighs.


In the meantime put the salsa, sour cream and cilantro into a blender...

 I had planned on using heavy cream in the sauce, but had a change of heart.  Just pretend it's not in the photo.


...blend until smooth.   

Do not use low fat sour cream because the acid from the salsa will cause it to curdle.


Cut the peel from the roasted squash and cut the squash into about one inch cubes.


In a medium bowl add the shredded chicken, cubed roasted squash and one cup of the Enchilada Verde Sauce. 

Stir gently to mix, as to not break up the squash.


Spray both sides of the corn tortillas with cooking spray. 

Lay the tortillas on a sheet pan and bake for about 5 minutes; just until the tortillas are pliable.

 Pour about one cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan. 


Work fairly quickly.  Put the filling on the tortillas…

… And roll them up.

Put the enchiladas seam side down in the pan, in a single row.   

I wanted to use my pretty dish which wasn’t long enough to put the enchiladas in a single row.

Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the enchiladas.


Top with grated cheese…


  …and bake for about 25 minutes; until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

Let the enchiladas rest in the pan for a few minutes before serving. 


 If you like, sprinkle some chopped pecans or pumpkin seeds over the top.

Makes 8 enchiladas

2              cups       Cooked chicken, shredded
2              cups       Roasted Buttercup squash, cut into about 1 inch cubes (Recipe follows)
3              cups       Enchilada Verde sauce, divided (Recipe follows)
8                              Corn Tortillas
                                Cooking spray
¼             cup         Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
2/3           cup         Mozzarella cheese, grated
3              Tbsp.     Chopped pecans, toasted; or pumpkin seeds*optional

1.        Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
2.       Make the filling in a medium bowl; gently mix together the shredded chicken, roasted buttercup squash and 1 cup of the Enchilada Verde sauce.  Try not to break the squash up too much.
3.       Spray both sides of the corn tortillas with cooking spray (if you have an oil mister, use that instead).  Lay the tortillas on a sheet pan, it’s fine if they overlap.  Put the tortillas in the oven just to warm up and make the tortillas pliable; about 5 minutes.
4.       Pour 1 cup of the Enchilada Verde sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
5.       Divide the filling among the 8 corn tortillas.  Roll the tortillas around the filling (like a tube), and place them seam side down in the baking dish.  Lay the tortillas in a single row.
6.       Pour the remaining Enchilada Verde sauce over the enchiladas and top with the grated cheeses.
7.       Bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and golden; about 25 minutes.
8.       Allow the cooked enchiladas to set for a few minutes before serving.
9.       Sprinkle chopped pecans or pumpkin seeds over the top *optional.

2              lbs.         Buttercup squash, Butternut squash or pumkin
1 ½         Tbsp.     Olive oil
1              cup         Water
                                Salt and pepper
1.        Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
2.       Cut the buttercup squash in half; scoop the seeds out and discard the seeds.
3.       Place the squash cut side up on a sheet pan.
4.       Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the squash, season with salt and pepper. 
5.       Pour a cup of water in the bottom of the sheet pan.
6.       Roast the squash for 30 to 40 minutes, until the flesh is soft.
7.       Cut the squash into wedges, and then cut the peel off of the squash.  Discard the peel. 

1              jar           Tomatillo salsa, a jar is 16 ounces
1              cup         Sour cream, not low fat
2              Tbsp.     Chopped cilantro

1.       Put all of the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.

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  1. Hehe I love putting on my slippers and a jumper. My comfy PJ pants are the best! These look so yummy. I actually made fajitas last night :)

  2. Fajitas are Billy's favorite; he orders them EVERY time we go for Mexican.

  3. I totally need those slippers. Love them! And these enchiladas - perfection! I made butternut squash lasagna last year and loved it, I know I'd love this too!

  4. Butternut squash lasagne sounds delish!

  5. I love what you did with the tortillas, I'm gonna have to try that trick! Great recipe Kari!

  6. Yum! Looks divine. I love anything enchilada style! Have to try this! Jenna