Chicken Enchilada Verde Pie

cevpMy little corner of Central Maryland is about to get another big snow. I shouldn’t be surprised. We get a big snow at this time of year just about every year. But like many of you, I’m a little sick of winter. I would like to experience some sun that warms my body and bronzes my skin. I want to sit at the pool with my friends. Sigh.

I may not be able to have actual summer, but thanks to an excellent produce section at the local market, I can have the tastes of summer, like the ones that come together in this…

Chicken Enchilada Verde Pie
1 1/2 lbs chicken, ground or chopped into small pieces and cooked
1 Poblano Pepper
4 Tomatillos
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 cup queso cheese or mozzarella plus more for the top.
Flour
1 pie crust

1. Chop the poblano and tomatillos and process in food processor or high power blender until coarsely chopped. Set aside.
2. In a medium sauce pan on medium heat, cook chicken, onions and garlic until the chicken is completely cooked. Drain any excess liquid.
3. Add the poblano and tomatillo mixture and heat through.
4. If the mixture is watery, you can add some flour to thicken it. Start with about 1/4 cup. You shouldn’t need much more than that.
5. Mix in the cheese.
6. Transfer to a pie plate which you’ve lined with one pie crust.
7. Top with another handful of cheese.
8. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.

You can serve this topped with some light sour cream and a side of yellow rice.

I was inspired to make this by my brother who is a really fantastic cook. He is not intimidated by the most intricate recipes and follows them to the letter. I admire his patience when he cooks and the really incredibly wonderful results.  I visited him last week and while I was there, he made a really delicious Chicken Enchilada casserole. I planned to make the same thing when I got home, but I forgot to get tortillas at the store, so I turned it into a pie instead. It was still quite good.

While you’re at the store, picking up your TPMB (toilet paper, milk and bread), add some poblano peppers, tomatillos and chicken to your list. Then, when the snow is flying, crank the heat and pretend you are in the tropics! Stay safe and warm, everyone!

Enjoy!

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