This was so fun to make, so easy and actually pretty good! I happened to happen upon this recipe online and thought it would be a perfect host for our small Oscar Party. Baby always makes a ton of stock, so the chicken stock in our freezer was an easy acquisition and an ample substitute for the canned Progresso broth suggested in the recipe. A Mexican-flavored rotisserie chicken that we bought was quickly shredded and thrown into the mix--we also used a classic frozen vegetable medley (carrots, corn, green beans, peas), gladly relieved of the task of chopping fresh carrots and then having to further rip open a bag of frozen corn. We eschewed shallots and went for white onions instead, already chopped, to save more time and effort. Tostitos corn chips stepped in as our tortillas of choice and the black beans we used were vegetarian and fat-free. The sour cream topping was fat-free as well and we dotted the whole dish with chopped scallions, simmering into the Mexican cheese.
Do check on this periodically as it bakes for about 20 minutes in your 375-degree oven, to make sure your cheese doesn't burn--and let it sit for about 10 minutes to cool down! Toasting Coronas with lime all around!
After weathering a soul-shredding career as a theatrical agent that lasted entirely too long, Mr. Sherwood left his stable of actors from the stage and screen and went on to pursue his literary aspirations. He is currently the dining editor for Next magazine (nextmagazine.com) where he writes a weekly restaurant review column which also features Manhattan's best food and drink recipes from the finest chef's and bartenders on the island. In 2010 he was published in Foodista’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook. He toiled as web editor for industry leader Interior Design magazine for several years and has also written for New York magazine, Travel & Leisure and Woman’s Day.
A proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, one of the nation’s top drinking schools, Mr. Sherwood also studied voice and theater abroad at Regent’s College, in London’s historic Regent’s Park, and at the Royal Academy of Music. He spent a year at Hunter College in Manhattan.
Mr. Sherwood recently published his first novel, the pale of memory, available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and iUniverse.com. He is in the midst of writing a second.
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