Vegan Enchiladas

"The 21st Century Healthy Pantry" . Chef Akasha Richmond prepares healthy meals for vegans and omnivores at her Los Angelos restaurant, Akasha. The enchiladas can be kept at room temperature for up to 4 hours. The cashew crema can be refrigerated overnight; serve at room temperature. Recipe published in Food & Wine: March 2012.

Yield: 6 servings
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  • 1 cup(s) raw cashews (4 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon(s) white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 2 pound(s) fresh tomatillos, husked and quartered
  • 1 medium white onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cup(s) vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup(s) chopped cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cup(s) butternut squash, diced (1/2-inch)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 cup(s) thinly sliced shiitake caps
  • 2 cup(s) frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cup(s) finely chopped Tuscan kale
  • 1 cup(s) canola oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Sliced avocado and red onion, cilantro leaves and toasted pumpkin seeds, for serving


  1. 1. MAKE THE CREMA In a medium heatproof bowl, cover the cashews with hot water and let stand 2 hours. Drain and transfer the cashews to a food processor. Add the lime juice, vinegar, paprika, salt and ¼ cup of water and puree until smooth and creamy.
  2. 2. MEANWHILE, MAKE THE SAUCE In a large saucepan, combine the tomatillos, onion, garlic, jalapeño and stock and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderate heat until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a food processor, add the cilantro and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. 3. MAKE THE ENCHILADAS Preheat the oven to 400°. In a small baking pan, toss the squash pieces with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, until tender. Remove the squash from the oven and lower the temperature to 375°.
  4. 4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and shallots and cook over moderate heat until softened, 5 minutes. Add the shiitake and cook until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add the corn and kale and cook until the kale is wilted, 5 minutes. Add the squash and season with salt and pepper.
  5. 5. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the canola oil. Dip 1 tortilla into the hot oil and cook just until pliable, turning once, about 10 seconds. Drain the tortilla on paper towels and repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  6. 6. Spoon 1 cup of the tomatillo sauce into a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Arrange all of the tortillas on a work surface and divide the filling between them. Roll up the enchiladas and arrange them in the baking dish, seam sides down. Spoon 2 cups of the sauce on top. Cover the dish with foil and bake for about 25 minutes, until the enchiladas are heated through. Spoon the crema on top and serve with avocado, red onion, cilantro and pumpkin seeds.
April 2012

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