I woke up this morning craving chips and salsa! Mexican food, yes, please! Although it was too early for a margarita or a Corona, my tastebuds went into overdrive and I started digging through my pantry.
For those of us north of Tijuana, our version of Mexican food has been slightly altered.
In this recipe, you can opt to use another vegetable, besides the zucchini. Perhaps sweet potatoes or finely diced cauliflower.
NOTE: This can be made up to a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator before baking.
I came across a recipe yesterday that I used as a template for this one. The original, in my opinion, lacked imagination and a variety of flavor levels.
It comes together in about 20 minutes, along with the 35-minute cooking time, (5 minutes for sauteeing vegetables, 30 minutes for baking) which means dinner will be ready in less than 1 hour.
When putting the casserole together, I recommend using a 9×13″ glass baking pan and cutting one of the corn tortillas in half to fill open spaces on the bottom layer. I started by placing 3 of the tortillas in a row, filling the second row with two, and placing the two halves on each side to fill the entire bottom of the baking pan.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the comments section or send me an email.
Cauliflower again, you say? I could eat and create recipes with this versatile veggie for months on end. As I said before, cauliflower tastes great by itself but also takes on the flavor of whatever you use to season it.
If you don’t like cauliflower (I mean, come on, is that even possible?) you can substitute another veggie.
The cashew cream sauce keeps for about 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.