When I asked Julie Kuhlken Co-Founder of Pedernales Cellars in Stonewall, Tx, for help identifying a recipe to pair with one of the fabulous Texas wines Pedernales creates, she shared what would turn out to be the perfect match of a Texas recipe with a Texas wine.

What’s especially nice about this recipe is its simplicity and uniqueness.  The Manchego cheese, a Spanish rather than a Mexican cheese, paired so well with the Texas Viognier.  This wine can easily found at your favorite grocery store but I recommend a drive out to visit the beautiful winery this Fall when the weather will be perfect.  The wines are spectacular, award-winning and the location of the winery on its high bluff above the Hill Country is charming and relaxing.  Bon Appetit!

 

Recipe by Trish Wesevich & Julie Kuhlken, Pedernales Cellars

 

Filling Ingredients

2-3 boneless chicken breasts

1 cup Chicken Broth

1 onion, cut into strips

salt & pepper to taste

12 corn or gluten free tortillas, softened

6 oz. of grated Manchego cheese

 

Sauce ingredients

10 oz. fresh spinach

1 poblano chile, seeded and diced

2 cups cream or milk, divided

3 TBS butter

2 TBS flour or gluten free alternative flour

salt to taste

 

Start by making the spinach cream sauce. Blanch the spinach, and place it along with the poblano chile and 1 cup of the cream into a blender.  Blend until vegetables are puréed. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add flour to make a roux. Pour in the spinach-poblano mixture as well as the other cup of cream. Simmer until thickened, add salt and pepper and set aside.

 

To create the shredded chicken, place the chicken breasts in a saucepan and cover with the chicken broth and onions. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the broth and shred.  Add salt to taste, and set aside.

 

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Place about 1-2 TBS of shredded chicken on the center of each tortilla and roll up.  Place enchiladas in a shallow baking pan or individual cast iron skillets. Ladle sauce over the enchiladas, sprinkle with cheese, and bake for 10 minutes in the oven.   Broil the top for a minute until golden.

 

Spinach Cream Enchiladas

About The Author

Trish Wesevich
Recipe/Editorial Contributor - 2013-Present

Chef Trish Wesevich is the owner and operator of Capital Kitchens in Austin, Texas and a contributing writer and recipe developer for Austin Food Magazine.

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