I know what you’re thinking.
Where’s the jalapenos?
I know. Trust me, you know my true devotion for them despite the fact that they betrayed me last Thanksgiving.
Those little naughty bastards. We obviously have a love/hate relationship.
Ok, mostly love.
But, today, it’s about the poblanos.
They may not be naughty, but poblanos need love too.
No? Ok, nevermind.
Black Bean, Bacon and Spinach Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano Bechamel
- 1 poblano pepper
- Olive oil
- 1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 lb bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
- 1 14 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 block cream cheese, at room temperature, divided in half
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp seasoned salt (like Lawry's)
- 1 cup whole cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1/4 cup wheat flour (you could use all purpose, but it's all I had and it worked beautifully)
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (you could use more, I will next time)
- 1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
- Salt to taste
- 1 package flour tortillas (soft taco size)
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Drizzle poblano with olive oil and roast in oven for about 15-20 minutes, turning halfway, until skin is turning black. Remove from oven; cool, peel off the skin and dice.
- Drizzle more olive in a large skillet over medium heat and add spinach, bacon, beans, 1/2 block of cream cheese, cumin, oregano and salt.
- Cook, stirring consistently, until heated throughout and cheese is melted. Cover and set aside.
- To a sauce pan, add the other half of the cream cheese, cream, milk, butter, flour, nutmeg, cayenne and diced poblano pepper and bring to a slow boil over medium heat, whisking until smooth.
- Reduce heat to medium low and add cheese, whisk until melted, salt to taste, and cover.
- Spray a 9/11 baking dish with cooking spray. Fill tortillas with spinach mixture and wrap; add to dish and pour the bechamel over the top.
- Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, until bubbly.
Anyway, the freakin’ sauce. Good Lord.
Call it Bechamel, call it white sauce, cheese dip. Hell, call it crack.
You can say these are healthy if you want – spinach is deemed one of the biggest cancer fighting foods, an extreme source of vitamin A, K, iron and B6.
Oh, and the black beans will help your *digestion*.
Glad I could school you today.
Make these for the crack sauce.