Sunday, December 11, 2011

Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

Pumpkin tends to get all the attention at the start of the fall. Don't get me wrong, I love baking and cooking with pumpkin, but I think butternut squash is my favorite in fall and winter recipes. The flavor of roasted squash compliments so many dishes. These enchiladas are nothing short of amazing. The sauce with this recipe is now my go-to enchilada sauce. Both of the recipes below are from The Daily Garnish.

For the enchiladas, you will need:
*1 large butternut squash
*olive oil
*1 medium yellow onion, diced
*1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
*1/2 tsp nutmeg
*1/2 tsp cumin
*1/4 tsp cinnamon
*salt to taste
*6-8 whole wheat tortillas
*shredded Mexican cheese
*1 batch homemade enchilada sauce (below)

1. Preheat oven to 400. Peel, seed, and cube the butternut squash.

2. Place squash cubes on a sheet pan. Drizzle with some olive oil and salt. Roast for 45 minutes or until soft. Stir once halfway through cooking.
(While the squash is cooking, you can make your sauce. The recipe is posted below)

3. Once the squash is roasted, place the cubes in a large mixing bowl and mash. Set mashed squash aside to cool.

4. Saute the onions in a small frying pan until brown and soft. Add beans and cook until warmed, about 2 minutes. Stir beans and onions to the squash bowl. Season with spices and salt. Stirring to combine.

5. Spread 1 cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Scoop the squash and bean filling evenly onto tortillas and then loosely roll. Place filled tortillas in the baking dish with the seam side down. Pour the reaminder of the enchilada sauce over the tortillas. (This is a lot of enchilada sauce. I do not always use it all!) Be sure to use a spatula to get the sauce all around the sides of the pan and tortillas. If desired, top with shredded cheese. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Enchilada Sauce
*1/4 cup vegetable oil
*1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
*3 tablespoons chili powder
*12 oz tomato paste
*2 cups vegetable broth
*1 teaspoon onion powder
*1 teaspoon cumin
*1 teaspoon minced garlic
*salt to taste

1. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir until completely dissolved and smooth. Add chili powder and stir for 1 minute to cook. Add tomato paste, vegetable broth, onion powder, cumin, and garlic, and stir to combine. The sauce should thicken. Add salt to taste, and then stir over medium heat to cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

1 comment:

  1. I never even tried butternut squash until a few years ago - now I love it! Thanks for sharing this recipe :D