Friday, December 7, 2012

Recipe Rave Review: Crockpot Momma #2, Sweet Potato Soy-Rizo Enchiladas

Well, trying to stick to my new goal of being one hot crock-pot momma, I dug into that recipe book and vowed to make kitchen magic! I decided the best time to try out a new dish was when my childhood friend was coming to town, Maria. Since she (sadly), hadn’t decided to detach from her carnivorous ways, I wanted to make something that had a meaty-like feel to entice her into my wicked vegan web. Out of all the delish choices from The Vegan Slow Cooker, I settled on Sweet Potato Soyrizo Enchiladas, knowing Maria loves sweet potatoes. Since she was joining me over a rainy winter weekend I thought the warm, Mexican spices were just what we needed. I took this fiesta to a whole new level and paired those bad boys with freshly juiced blood orange sangria.

The recipe was not only super simple but also majorly delicious! This Crock Pot heaven called for:

1 medium sized sweet potato, thinly sliced
2 to 3 cups enchilada sauce
1 package of corn tortillas
1/2 package soy chorizo
1 can drained and rinsed black beans

With such few ingredients, I was done prepping in minutes. As I was putting it together, I decided to add a bit of onion too. I also chose a verde enchilada sauce, as opposed to traditional - I love me some verde! While I tend to stay away from meat substitutes, I really wanted to make the recipe and tried to enter with an open mind.

As I threw the ingredients together in my crock pot (sauce, tortillas, chorizo, sweet potatoes, black beans, onions... start again with the sauce, same pattern). I was thrilled to press START. I got to spend the next 4-5 hours (if cooking on low, 2-3 if on high) of the day catching up with my pretty friend, always getting lost in conversation.

As the last hour of cooking quickly approached, it was time to get some drinks and apps going. We had homemade guacamole and fresh tortilla chips while sipping on the fresh sour/sweet sangria mix. Then we heard it... "BEEP, BEEP", and it was time! After the first bite, the only word that came to mind was BOOOYYAA! The warm sweet potato complimented the spicy sneak up of the soyrizo. The cheese-less dish was not lost on what was missing but glorified by what was there. The onion, spices and sauce all gave it the just the “mmmmmmmmmmmmmmuuuugggggggghhhhhhhhh” I was looking for from my guest. I knew that this crock pot mommin' was in fact just what I was meant to do!

The final result:

We encourage you to buy Kathy's cookbook and try this for yourselves! Let us know what changes you would make to suit your own personal tastes!

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