Mexican Lasagna & Twice Baked Potato Casserole
- Cooking spray
- 12 ounces cooked chicken, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
- 1 cup sour cream (regular or low-fat)
- 4 cups Taco blend shredded cheese
- 1/2 cup mild, medium or hot salsa
- 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green Chiles
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 teaspoon ground chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 6 (6-inch) corn tortillas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Coat an 11 by 7-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, sour cream, 2 cups of cheese, salsa, Chiles, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix well and set aside.
Lay 2 tortillas in the bottom of prepared pan, overlapping pieces slightly to cover the surface. Top with half of the chicken mixture and smooth over with the back of a spoon to even the top. Top with ½ cup of cheese. Layer 2 more tortillas over top, and spoon over remaining chicken mixture, and another ½ cup of cheese. Lay last 2 tortillas on top and cover with remaining cheese.
Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 20-30 more minutes, until top is golden and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Twice-Baked Potato Casserole
8 medium baking potatoes, about 4 pounds
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 pint sour cream
2 cups ( ½ pound) shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided use)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup chopped chives, for garnish
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp, drained and crumbled, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 F. Pierce potatoes and place on baking pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until very soft.
Peel and mash potatoes in large bowl with potato masher or back of fork. Add cream cheese, butter, sour cream and 1 cup of cheddar. Stir well. Add garlic, salt and pepper, and stir again.
Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place potato mixture in dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate casserole until ready to bake.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F, remove plastic wrap and bake casserole 30 to 35 minutes until hot. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheddar over casserole and return to oven for about 5 minutes, until cheese melts. Garnish with chopped chives and crumbled bacon before serving. Makes 10 to 12 servings.