Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mexican cuisine gone wrong...

I received a complimentary copy of Bon Appetit magazine this weekend and was totally impressed by the cover photograph of shrimp enchiladas. So it became my Sunday project and was really looking forward to enjoying a gourmet Mexican treat this evening.

This was not a small project by any means. First I had to go to the grocery store to get all the ingredients. This was my first purchase of tomatillos. (Those things are really sticky, by the way, when you remove the shucks...shells...whatever.)

I had to broil them for about 10 minutes...

Here are some of the onions, shrimp (of course) and cilantro (of course).

This is what it looked like when I blended all the garlic, cilantro and tomatillos together. Kind of a blurry picture, but it was kind of a blurry mess anyway.

Here's what went into the include Feta cheese. That had me doubtful when I read the recipe. Feta is mainly a Greek ingredient, but I like Feta so I thought it might be interesting in a Mexican dish.

Here's the dish ready to be popped into the oven with the salsa verde over the top.

And here's my "artistic" equivalent of Bon Appetit's cover photograph. I even went to the trouble of getting Mexican crema instead of using regular old sour cream.

And here's my review.

YUCK!! WAY too much work for something that turned out to be muy disappointing. I should have known when they called for Feta cheese. My bad.

It's a very messy dish to this is what I have to look forward to...which I do not feel like doing tonight at all. Oh, well.

Just because it comes from a magazine called "Bon Appetit" doesn't necessarily mean it's good eating. My little bit of advice...beware of Mexican recipes that call for Feta cheese.


Life's a Beach! said...

I hate it when that happens! I've had bad luck with a lot of enchilada recipes. (Jamqueen's chicken enchiladas are our favorite!)

Jamqueen said...

Thanks, Becky! I still make them every few weeks! Sorry about the recipe, Deb...I've had a few disasters like that, too! Like makinf posole--it was awful!

Paul said...

So, how did it taste? Feel fortunate, though. You can't even find the ingredients up in mountain country. It looks good....sort of. Great story thread. The thumbs down threw me. Cook and tell some more.

Isla Deb said...

Beck - Yes, I think I'll stick to the chicken enchilada recipe. Have made that one myself and it's a keeper.

Ann - I've decided I'm not going to give up. I'm hoping to find the perfect Huevos Motulenos recipe just like the ones served at Alexia & Geovanny's. Wish me luck.

Paul - You're right...I'm lucky to be able to find Mexican ingredients where I live. But considering it's about 70% Hispanic here, I guess it figures. I'll definitely be cooking more.

Misty said...

I am so happy you posted this, I was drooling at the cover of this mag myself and was thinking of making it! Thank God, you did all the work. Sorry it sucked...what does not suck, on the other hand, is the pan con tomato y avocado that I made and posted about on the Tooth!

Cheers, Misty