[donotprint]I was so happy the other day to find queso doble crema (double-cream cheese, one of my favorite Mexican cheeses) at the Mexican supermarket. This was the very first time that I saw it here in Ohio in almost 8 years. Mexico produces a wide variety of great cheeses, but they are not very well known outside the country. I think I need to become a cheese ambassador for Mexico, but I’d only take the position if they offer free cheese!
Anyway, I was so happy to have found it that I bought a whole block, almost 2½ lbs of deliciousness. I have been sprinkling it over my fruit salads, pasta dishes, soups and eating it in tortillas with slices of ham. I just love it! But I wanted to use it in a dish and going through my fridge contents I discovered 2 eggplants that needed to be used. So I decided to make a casserole (I am not going to call it lasagna because it is not! LOL) with them, some shredded chicken leftover from previous dinners, queso doble crema and tomato sauce. The result was another simple and delicious dinner. Jon said he didn’t like eggplants, but he ate most of the casserole, it was that good.[/donotprint]
Eggplant and chicken casserole
Makes a whole casserole for 4-6 servings
- 2 eggplants sliced into ¼” thick rounds
- 3 cups shredded chicken breast
- ½ lb queso doble crema (or any other double cream cheese with at least 60% cream)
- olive oil
- ½ red onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 3 cups tomato sauce
- 1 cup red wine (I used Kindzmarauli, a semi sweet wine from Georgia, the country)
- spices and herbs to taste (I used oregano, fresh parsley and cilantro, salt and pepper)
- In a sauce pan sautee red onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add tomato sauce and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add spices and herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes stirring constantly until the sauce comes together.
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C)
- Pour some of the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Arrange eggplant slices. Top with shredded chicken and crumbled queso doble cream and more sauce. Repeat until you have used all the ingredients, 3 to 4 layers.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Let it sit for 10 minutes before serving and enjoy!
- What made this dish so tasty was the queso doble crema and the surprisingly delicious Georgian wine, I believe. Next time I will try a creamy sauce to see how this turn out. This is definitely a dish that I will be making again.
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OK, I have no experience cooking for weddings, but I am sure this dish would be a great success in a buffet table and people would come for more