Idaho® Potato Enchiladas with Cilantro Crema


Enchiladas Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 lb. Idaho® russet potatoes, diced, peeled and blanched
  • 2 oz. red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • 2 oz. yellow bell peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • 2 oz. poblano chilies, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • 1-1/2 oz. baby spinach, rough chopped
  • 1/2 oz. epazote, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon puree of chipotle chilies in abobo sauce
  • 6 oz. white onions, grilled and diced
  • 3/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 oz. leeks, sautéed and chopped
  • 8 oz. tomatoes, blackened and chopped
  • Green Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • 8 large corn tortillas
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Cilantro Crema Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 20 oz. white onions, sliced
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 1 quart whipping cream
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 2 cups white cheddar, grated


Enchiladas Preparation:
  1. Process each of the vegetable ingredients separately, and then toss together.
  2. Season to taste with the Tabasco, salt and pepper. Store refrigerated until needed.
Cilantro Crema Preparation:
  1. Sweat the onions and garlic until tender with the olive oil, making sure not to color the sides of the pan. Deglaze with the white wine and reduce until almost dry. Stir in the flour a little at a time allowing the flour to be absorbed with out clumping. Slowly stir in the vegetable stock evenly dissolving the mixture. Add the cream and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  2. Let simmer slowly for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until reduced by 25-percent. Strain the sauce. Add white cheddar and stir until the cheese is melted in the sauce.
  3. To Assemble: Soften one or two white corn tortillas in hot oil, depending on how many you plan to serve. Place a #24 scoop (2 oz. wt.) of filling mixture in the middle of each tortilla and spread out to the ends.
  4. Roll up the filling to form enchiladas. (Only roll as many as needed per shift, as quality is affected by holding them overnight.) Place enchiladas on metal sizzle platter in steamer for about 5 minutes, or until heated thoroughly.
  5. Place sizzle platter in salamander or oven to dry tortillas for 1-2 minutes. Top each enchilada with a light coating of crema. Garnish sauce with any, or a combination, of the following options: chopped cilantro, toasted ground ancho chilies or niora chili flakes, a drizzle of chili puree (such as guajillo chili puree), toasted pine nuts or pico de gallo.
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Yield: 8 enchiladas

Photo Credit:
Jacqueline Bruchez
(Recipe Photo Contest Winner)

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