Saturday, May 10, 2008

Flautas! ! !

What exactly is a flauta? A flauta is much like a taquito, except the fillings differ a bit. My sister Jessica first found this amazing recipe while working at Lucky's Supermarkets which over the years have turned into Albertson's Supermarkets. When she worked at the market she would always hear about amazing foods. I will never forget the day when she bought the ingredients, came home, slaved in the kitchen and created for us, one of the best dinners ever! To this day, our entire family loves them and will painstakingly stand in the kitchen for hours and make them. The ingredients are simple but they do require prep work and assembly.

The original recipe calls for Pace Picante Sauce, any flavor will do. I recently tried Herdez Salsa Verde and it was amazing!

Chicken Flautas

36 corn tortillas softened in heated oil set aside on paper towels
3 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
1 (16 oz) jar Herdez Salsa Verde (use whatever you like)
2 cups Tillamook Pepper Jack cheese shredded (use whichever cheese you like)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl combine, chicken, cheese and salsa. Stir. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the chicken mix onto the corn tortilla. Roll the tortilla and fix it with a toothpick. Keep rolling and tooth picking until all of your ingredients are used up.

Bake on cookie sheets for 15-20 or until flautas are browned and crispy. Allow to cool a bit and serve with guacamole and or sour cream. We double and triple this recipe. (Uncooked flautas can be frozen. I did this and sprayed some with oil spray and cooked them. They were perfect)
Refrigerate leftover flautas. They are fabulous nuked in the micro for 15 seconds.

Make it a combo meal and serve flautas with Spanish rice and beans. YUMMMMM

PLEASE NOTE: If you freeze your flautas they will take more time to cook. Maybe double the time. Just bake them until the ends are crispy and centers are warmed through.


Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy, We love flautas also!! So toothpicks are the trick to keeping them tightly rolled. Glad to know.

Megan said...

Happy to see a different recipe for flautas using green salsa - yum! I fry mine in oil so I'm excited to try baking them instead.