Monday, March 4, 2013

Black Bean Mushroom Kale Layered Enchiladas with Avocado Cashew Cream

Vegan Black Bean Enchilada Casserole
Who says you need meat and cheese to make a killer enchilada. I just spent the last 10 minutes eating "just a couple of bites" of the leftovers from this dish while standing in my kitchen with the refrigerator door open.

I felt a bit guilty as I dipped my fork into the cold mess of tortillas, sauce, beans and chiles and slathered the whole thing with a generous swipe avocado cream.

Believe me. It's that good...

16 oz can of enchilada sauce (I love Roberto's or a killer homemade version)
2 pounds cooked black beans (or 2 cans)
1/2 pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 Tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1 bunch kale, shredded
1 Tbs cumin
1 tsp cayenne
1 4oz can diced green chiles
12 6-inch corn tortillas

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. Heat 1 Tbs olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until edges brown, about 7 minutes. Remove and place in a large bowl.
4. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 Tbs of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and salt and cook until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add kale and saute for another minute or two until the kale wilts a bit.
5. Add the cumin and cayenne and cook for another 30 seconds. Add green chiles, black beans and mushrooms and stir to combine.
6. Layer 4 tortillas in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. I tear each one in half and tuck them around each other to form a tight layer. Spoon about 1/4 of the sauce over the tortillas and top with 1/2 of the black bean mushroom mixture.
7. Add another layer of 4 torn tortillas on top and top with the other half of the black beans. Top with 4 more tortillas and cover with the rest of the sauce. It will look like this:

Vegan Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

8. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil and let sit for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours to let the flavors blend.
9. Remove cover and bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbling.

Vegan Black Bean Enchilada Casserole  RootedVegan.comAvocado Cream

2 ripe avocados
1/2 cup drained soaked cashews (soak in water for about 4 hours)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup fresh cilantro or parsley

Put everything in a blender or food processor and blend on high until thick and creamy.

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