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May 6, 2010 6:22 am 
Updated: May 12, 2010 9:18 am
I made Enchiladas Verdes from the recipe here on AR.  I agree it was delicious, but it was a pain in the butt to make!  I burned my fingers dipping those tortillas in the boiling hot tomatillo sauce and then trying to roll them with the chicken and more hot sauce on them.  How do you do it?  There has to be an easier way and I just didn't think about it.  I don't want to review it because I think there has to be some "operator error" going on.  Any suggestions?  Thanks!
May 6, 2010 12:44 pm
When I make enchiladas, I "soften" the tortillas in hot oil for a couple seconds on each side then let drain and cool slightly. When layering in the baking dish, I just ladle some of the sauce on the bottom of the dish and layer the rolled enchiladas on top of the sauce. Kind of easier and really comes out the same.
May 6, 2010 12:44 pm
And no, not operator error. It's hard work!!!!
May 6, 2010 4:08 pm
I do it the same wayy Tat does. It just takes practice. And trust me, mine are never as even and consistent as the pictures. Another thing I finally learned was to use about 1/2 the amount of filling I think each enchilada needs. I use tongs to dip the tortillas in the oil .
May 7, 2010 5:17 pm
I do exactly as both "Moms" have described....soften them in hot oil and then let them cool so you can handle them. Put some sauce on the bottom and then use the rest of the sauce to cover them. But I have to confess that when I'm pressed for time or I don't want to bother, I cheat skip the oil. I tear up the tortillas and layer half of them over some sauce, to cover the bottom. Then I spread the filling over that layer, and finish with the other half of the tortillas. I pour the rest of the sauce over that, top with cheese and bake. Sort of a Mexican lasagna and probably healthier since you skip the oil. It's not quite as decadent but still tastes just fine and the savings in time (and cleanup!) are often worth it to me. I've made that recipe in this manner more than once and everyone always likes it. I save the labor-intensive method for special occasions or weekends.
May 12, 2010 9:18 am
Thank you for the great ideas! I really like the throwing it all together thing. I was trying to save calories so I skipped the oil, I sprayed them with Pam and heated them in a skillet, it's the second step in the recipe, dipping it in the boiling sauce, that gets me! My family loved it, so I will try the layering next time! Thanks!
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