Enchiladas in Pumpkin Seed-Chile Sauce


This reliable enchilada recipe doesn't require any time consuming procedures. The toasted pumpkin seeds give the sauce a delicious flavor as well as a boost in protein. Use the dark green, hulled pumpkin seeds that are available in whole-foods stores and some Latin American markets.




         1 large        green bell pepper

         1              jalapeno pepper (or 2, if you'd like more heat)

         2 teaspoons    canola or corn oil

         1 medium       onion, coarsely chopped

         2 cloves       garlic, coarsely chopped

         8              tomatillos, husked and chopped

       1/2 teaspoon     ground coriander seeds

       1/2 cup          hulled, unsalted pumpkin seeds,

                          toasted 6 to 8 minutes in a 350 degree oven

       1/2 cup          water

                        salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste




         1 tablespoon   canola or corn oil

         2 medium       onions, sliced thin

         3 cloves       garlic, minced

         1 small        green cabbage head, sliced

         1 teaspoon     ground cumin seeds

         1 teaspoon     ground coriander seeds

       1/4 cup          cilantro, coarsely chopped

       1/2 cup          farmers cheese, ricotta cheese, or

                          mild, soft chevre (goat cheese)

       1/2 teaspoon     salt

                        fresh-ground black pepper to taste


         8 large        flour tortillas


1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the bell and jalapeno peppers on a baking sheet, and bake them for 15  minutes or until they are blistered and soft.  Let them cool.


2. Make the filling: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions, and saute them for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the garlic, cabbage, cumin, and coriander.  Saute, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.  When the mixture has cooled, stir in the cilantro, farmer's cheese (or ricotta or goat cheese), and the salt and pepper.


3. When the peppers have cooled remove the skins with your fingers.  Chop the peppers coarsely.


4. Make the sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat the oil.  Saute the onion, garlic, and tomatillos until they are soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the ground coriander, and saute 2 minutes more.  Transfer this mixture to a blender or food processor.  Add the chopped peppers (jalapeno seeds included, if you want heat), all but 1 tablespoon of the pumpkin seeds, and the water.  Blend the sauce until it is almost smooth.  Add the salt and pepper.


5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spread 1/3 cup filling down the middle of a flour tortilla.  Roll the tortilla tightly, folding in the sides as you roll.  Place the rolled tortilla in a 9-by-13-inch casserole pan.  Do the same with the remaining seven tortillas, using all of the filling.  Pour the sauce over the filled tortillas, and then cover the dish with foil.  Bake the enchiladas for 25 minutes.  Serve the enchiladas garnished with the remaining pumpkin seeds.


Serves 4


Source:    Vegetarian Planet

           by Didi Emmons

           The Harvard Common Press, 1997

           ISBN 1-55832-115-2