Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Zesty is a dumb word...

When I was still living with my folks, my mom made this Zesty Tortilla Bake.  Zesty.  Really?  I think that’s giving it too much credit for being… something.  Although… there is a brand of saltines called Zesty and really?  Can you think of something less Zesty than a Saltine?  Anyway…. What it this recipe?  It’s good.  SO good!  You make your own cheese sauce, add salsa and fresh herbs, add some chicken and there you go... filling that is zesty.  My favorite part of this recipe other than eating it, is that it freezes awesome.  This is on my “must make” freezer meal menu.  You do need to bake it before you freeze it, be sure it’s cool before you refrigerate it, and then freeze it.   Do all the work once – eat easy a bunch of times.  Gotta LOVE freezer meals!

Zesty Chicken Tortilla BakeWhat you need!½ cup Miracle Whip Dressing
½ cup flour
3 cups milk
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked, cut into bite-size pieces
½ cup Salsa
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
16 flour tortillas (6 inch)

Make it!
Heat oven to 375°F.
Whisk dressing and flour in medium saucepan until well blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil on medium heat, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened. Add 1 cup cheese; cook until melted, stirring constantly. Reserve 1 cup sauce.
Stir chicken, salsa and parsley into remaining sauce; spoon 1/3 cup down center of each tortilla. Roll up. Place 8 roll-ups, seam-sides down, in each of 2 (13x9-inch) baking dishes sprayed with cooking spray; top with reserved sauce and remaining cheese.  Bake 25 min. or until heated through.

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