Hen of the Woods Enchiladas

I made an amazing dish last night. Let me tell you all about it! It began with creating a salsa verde with all of the tomatillos that randomly popped up in my garden. So many  tomatillos. I threw a big bowl full of them into a pot along with a cup of water, I didn’t even bother cutting up the tomatillos. I then added half an onion, a couple jalapenos, and half a cup or so of vinegar, salt and garlic powder. I cooked it until the tomatillos were soft, then tossed it into the blender. Walla, salsa verde.

The other crucial ingredient in this recipe was the homemade hen of the woods cream of mushroom soup. Hen of the woods is a wild mushroom that grows here in MN. I didn’t find this particular one, but got it from a guy who sells them at our local farmers market. I traded some apples, maple syrup and other goodies for an 8 lb mushroom! After washing and cutting it into small pieces I sauteed a few cups of mushrooms in a bunch of farm fresh butter, (yep, handmade butter made on a local farm) next I added a few tablespoons of flour and coated the mushrooms before adding a few cups of fresh milk and a cup or so of water to the mushrooms. A little salt and pepper and then into the blender. Walla, cream of Hen of the Woods mushroom soup.

This was all done 2 days ago. Some went into the fridge and the rest into the freezer. Last night I browned and seasoned up some hamburger (grass fed beef raised by my husband’s uncle). For seasonings I used garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and cumin. Once the hamburger was browned and seasoned I added in a couple cups of my salsa verde and mushroom soup. Then put the mixture into tortillas with some organic grass fed cheese, (unfortunately not made by yours truly, but purchased from Aldis, someday I will make my own cheese). Once the tortillas were filled and rolled I topped them with more of the hamburger mixture and more cheese, then put them into the oven at 400 degrees until the cheese was melted about 20 min or so. They turned out great! Alexis, my oldest, had seconds! She is the picky one, so I knew they were good. I may not be Superwoman, but last night I felt like Supermama. Below is a picture of Hen of the Woods, also known as maitake. Scientific name is Grifola frondosa. Closing thoughts, I really wish I had learned how to identify wild mushrooms as a child, when the brain is like a sponge and learning comes naturally. I am glad my children are gaining this knowledge now, I am sure it will benefit them someday!


About Melissa Hartner

I am a mother of 4 little girls. A wife. A lover of nature. A farm girl at heart. I love anything food or health related. I strive to contribute more to this world than I consume. I enjoy learning and teaching!
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1 Response to Hen of the Woods Enchiladas

  1. Michelle Pick says:

    Your recipe sounds delicious! I might have to try making it someday!

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