The other day, I was trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. I always look in the fridge to see what is open and needs using. I found half an eggplant, half a can of enchilada sauce, and a partial bag of grated cheese.
I checked the cupboard for bread crumbs but didn't have any. I did find some Bisquick. My mind raced through the internal recipe file and you could have seen a light bulb flash over my head.
I poured a bit of sauce into the Bisquick for flavoring, thinned it with water so it would cling to the eggplant slices when I dipped them into the mix. I do not fry eggplant. Instead, I put it on a cookie sheet with each piece close to the next and baked it at 350 for about 25 to 30 minutes until the eggplant slices are getting soft.
At this point, I pulled the cookie sheet out, poured enchilada sauce onto the slices, topped them with a sprinkle of cheese and returned it to the oven to bake until the cheese on top was golden. I allowed it to cool a bit and then served it to myself and my neighbor. She loved it. I really enjoyed it and it made a nice change from the traditional Eggplant Parmesan.
Last night, I made enchiladas but not the traditional ones. I had a bunch of kale, spinach, swiss chard, mushrooms and onions. I chopped all of these up into small pieces, fried in some walnut oil and finished off with a bit of enchilada sauce.
I make stacked enchiladas so I don't have to roll them. I put a layer of sauce in the bottom of the pan, laid down a softened corn tortilla, added a bit more sauce, the filling, and cheese. Continue till you've got a stack as tall as you want and put a softened tortilla on top, add sauce and top with cheese. Bake at 350 till the cheese is nice and brown.
I've gotten to the point, I seldom fill my enchiladas with "standard" fillings. I use whatever in the mixture I have handy. I've made a mushroom, black bean, and corn filling that I adored. I always enjoy spiced sweet potatoes or a chili - potato mixture with eggs and cheese. Tonight I might throw together zucchini, red peppers (sweet), mushrooms with a few greens.
I just love trying out different combinations to see how it works out. I'm wondering about feta cheese, beans, rice and olives? In a sense cooking is like playing, you get to try a variety of different flavors and have fun.