Monday, July 12, 2010

Viva Mexico Lasagna

The finished product!

Green sauce made from tomatillo (a Mexican tomato), cilantro, onions, peppers and garlic. Yummy!

Our chihuahua Joey is turning one year old on Thursday! To celebrate, we are cooking and posting Mexican-inspired cuisine on our blog this week. This dish is one of our favorites! It's a different kind of lasagna not only because it's Mexican instead of Italian, but because the sauce is green instead of red. We bet you have never had a green lasagna before! We promise you that your guests will love this family-style dinner. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 pound of ground pork
1 pound of ground meat
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Freshly ground black pepper
1 can of hominy (15 ounces)
1 large red onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (remove seeds)
12 large tomatillos (14-16 if small), peeled and coarsely chopped
A handful of cilantro leaves , chopped
1 package large flour tortillas
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream


Kitchen Essentials:
Oven
Stove
Measuring cups and spoons
Large non-stick skillet
Wooden spatula
Sauce pot
Knife
Aluminum foil
Food processor
Baking dish

Prep:
Place rack in oven in middle of oven and place oven on 400 degrees. Chop all the vegestables.

Instructions:
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and beef. While meat browns, season with cumin, coriander and salt and pepper. Once browned evenly, stir in hominy and reduce heat to simmer.

In a sauce pot, heat one tablespoon of oil and add onions, garlic and peppers. Season with salt and pepper and saute until softened for about 5-6 minutes.

Place tomatillos and cilantro in a food processor and process until almost smooth. Pour into onion and garlic mixture and simmer to mellow, 5-6 minutes more. Pour the mixture into the food processor and blend until smooth. This will make the green sauce.

Heat all of the tortillas in the oven for a few minutes by wrapping them in aluminum foil.

In a baking dish layer sauce, tortilla, meat, cheese, tortilla, sauce, meat, cheese, etc. End with a layer of tortilla, sauce and finally cheese. Place baking dish in the oven and bake for 10 minutes until bubbly and cheese is brown. Top with sour cream. This recipe feeds 6-8 people depending on how much your people eat!

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