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Maniladas with White Cheese & Roasted Tomatillo Sauce Recipe

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Enchiladas with a twist. This comforting casserole is worth the effort put forth. Don't skip the tomatilla sauce as this adds a freshness to the casserole that can't be beat.
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Ingredients
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package manicotti shells (8 ounce package)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded & diced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • TOMATILLO SAUCE:
  • 1 pound tomatillos, quartered
  • 1 red onion, quartered (small)
  • 1 jalapeno, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • CHEESE SAUCE:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups grated fontina cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Boil Manicotti in salted water for 8 minutes; drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion until translucent. Add garlic & sauté 1 minute more. Remove pan from heat & mix in chicken, tomatoes & cilantro. Set aside.

For Tomatillo Sauce, place tomatillos, onion, jalapeno & garlic on a baking sheet. Toss with oil & season with salt & pepper. Roast until tomatillos turn golden around the edges & are soft, about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven & blend ingredients together until smooth. Use reserved pasta water to thin sauce, if necessary. Season the sauce with salt & pepper to taste.

For White Cheese Sauce, in a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add flour & cook 2 minutes. Whisk in heavy cream & bring to a simmer. Add cheese & nutmeg & stir until melted. Season the sauce, with salt, to taste.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Stuff manicotti shells with chicken mixture & assemble in a 9x13" baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over the top. Bake 30 minutes until cheese is bubbling.

Drizzle tomatillo sauce on maniladas before serving.

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"Delicious! My kids even loved it. This was my first crack at tomatillos and I was surprised at how tasty it was. Perfect with the creamy stuffed pasta shells."
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