This recipe is compliments of our cooking school, where I sometimes teach classes (I teach at a school as well as offer private cooking classes out of my home). I changed it a tiny bit. I like to think of it as enchiladas for guests. I make enchiladas all the time for my family: midweek. I toss together chicken, some salsa and bottled enchilada sauce. Roll ’em up, sprinkle with cheese and sometimes make a few special sauces and salsas to go with it.
I am a big fan of weeknight meals that everyone loves, as well as having a luxury version in my culinary toolbox—perfect for dinner guests.
Crab is a treat.
I just received a book called Crazy for Crab from Harper Press. I read the first few chapters, and am learning a thing or two about crabs. When I was in culinary school, one of my favorite classes was American Cuisine. We studied the very many different foods around our country: from each coast, deep south to the midwest. ‘Clam chowder’ and ‘BBQ sauce’ are not easily defined terms. Clam chowder—depending on your geographical location—might mean a creamy based soup or a tomato based soup. And BBQ sauces are entirely different in Kansas versus Texas.
In this book, it talks about soft crabs and Dungeness, Rock crabs and more. I am native to the Pacific Northwest, and so in making these enchiladas, I snagged some Dungeness crab legs from my grocer. I plucked all the meat out, squeezed fresh orange juice, and produced this guest-special enchilada dish.
12 corn tortillas (small)
bacon and orange sauce (recipe, below)
8 oz. cream cheese
1 LB crab meat
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
In skillet over medium high heat, fry tortillas one at a time, 30 – 45 seconds (total for both sides). Stack on paper towels.
Meanwhile, make sauce. Preheat oven to 375. Combine 1/2 cup bacon orange sauce with cream cheese, Parmesan and crab. Put 1/2 – 1 cup of the sauce in bottom of dish. Roll crab mix into each tortilla, lay in dish. Cover with remaining sauce, sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake 15-25 minutes until sauce is bubbling and cheese is beginning to brown.
Bacon Orange Sauce
makes 2 1/2 cups.
4 oz. bacon, diced
6 T flour
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. coriander
large pinch black pepper
1 tsp garlic
2 cups clam broth or chicken broth
1/2 cup fresh OJ
1 T orange zest
In saucepan over medium high, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon, add onion and garlic. Cook 5 min. until translucent. Add flour and seasonings; mix and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in broth and OJ, zest. Let come to simmer, should slightly thicken, 3-5 minutes. Stir in bacon bits. Proceed with recipe, above.