Hye Thyme Cafe: Mexican Lasagna

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e Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Mexican Lasagna

I was trying to think of something new to make a while back and saw a can of Enchilada Sauce in the pantry.  I remembered seeing that used in a recipe for a Mexican Lasagna and decided to try my own version. 

Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe


Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe
Poach about 4 chicken breast halves in a jar of your favorite salsa until cooked through and tender enough to shred.  Use two forks to shred the chicken and set aside for now.

Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe

Slice a small zucchini into coins and saute in a little olive oil with a diced red onion until tender.  Toss with a little salt, pepper, and cumin, then remove from heat and add some diced roasted red pepper; set aside.

Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe
Combine a can of black beans with a can of corn and set aside. 







Now you're ready to start assembling ...

Using a slotted spoon so that you're not bringing all of the juice over with it, scoop the chicken into a casserole dish, then cover with cooked lasagna noodles (I was using whole wheat) and a thin layer of ricotta. 

Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe

Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme CafeMexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe

Add a layer of the mixed corn and black beans and drizzle with enchilada sauce.

Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe

Cover with more noodles and ricotta, then a layer of the zucchini, onion, red pepper mixture.

Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe

Top with a final layer of noodles, a thin layer of enchilada sauce, and a sprinkling of a shredded Mexican cheese blend.  If you like it hot, layer in some sliced jalapenos.  I went with half and half, just in case.  Then drizzle more enchilada sauce over the top and bake at 350 until bubbly.

Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe

Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe

To serve, top with a dollop of sour cream and some fresh cilantro. As you can see, when I made this, it did NOT occur to me to remove the excess juice from the chicken, so it came out on the soupy, but you get the idea. I also probably should have let it sit for a few minutes before digging in, but this is what happens when you've got hungry men in the house. :)

Mexican Lasagna : Hye Thyme Cafe


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