I ventured to Isla Vista on Friday night for lazy night of Phó, wine, and a movie. Severe weather warnings dubbed over the CLIMATIC WEREWOLF FIGHT SCENE in Wolfman (epic thriller, Black Swan-shwan.) and then the power switched out just as the credits rolled. Oh- it was also a full moon and a tree fell over outside the house. But nothing will stop IV, even if their bass speakers are off.
I like living away from it all. Here in this tiny, slanted house that’s smack in the middle of Goleta and downtown Santa Barbara, I feel peaceful.
And that of course makes me want to cook.
I like the chocolate-y smell of Pasilla (or Ancho) chiles- the rich sauce goes really well with the sweetness of the roasted butternut squash. This dish is so warm in every way. I love it. Share it with someone you really like.
Pasilla Enchilada Sauce
I read from different sources that you need to scrape the chile membrane from its skin in order to not have a bitter aftertaste. But I was in a hurry so I just puréed them whole. It was a little bitter…but not bad.
3 oz dry Pasilla chiles
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
½ t. cumin
½ t. cinnamon
2 round T. tomato paste
2 c. vegetable broth
2 round T. unsweetened cocoa powder
salt to taste
Slit dry chiles open and remove stem, seeds, and veins. Heat a large skillet and press the chiles flat, skin side up. Toast for about 5 seconds (the first time I made this, I burnt the chiles, be careful!). Add chiles to a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then let soak for 10-15 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of liquid. In the meantime, heat oil and garlic in a skillet until garlic has softened. Add cumin and cinnamon and heat for about 30 seconds.
Purée chiles, garlic-spice mixture, tomato paste and vegetable broth in a food processor. Strain through a fine-meshed sieve and add reserved chile-water and salt (taste). Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Wisk in cocoa powder.
Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchiladas
I have also made these with corn tortillas!
1 small butternut squash, cubed (about 5 cups)
olive oil & coarse sea salt
2 c. cooked black beans (I defrosted some I cooked myself, but you can use canned)
12 oz shredded Jack, mozzarella, or queso fresco
2 1/2 c. enchilada sauce
½ sweet onion, sliced in wedges
7-9 flour tortillas (I used “fajita” sized)
cilantro, plain Greek yogurt (You can use sour cream, but I like the taste of yogurt better- plus I always have it in my fridge), and avocado slices
Heat oven to 400 F. Coat squash with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with salt, spread out on a large pan and roast for 30 minutes (more info on this here).
Turn oven down to 350.
Sauté the onion with a little olive oil until just soft.
Spread about 1/3 cup of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish. Coat both sides of a tortilla with the sauce in the dish. Fill with a couple tablespoons of beans, cubed squash, and cheese, along with some of the sautéed onion. Roll up and arrange seam side down. Repeat until your dish fills up!
Cover with the rest of the sauce and cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Serve with the avocado, yogurt, and cilantro!