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“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” ~C.S. Lewis

Chicken Flautas with Avocado Cream

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat finely shredded
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar/Monterey jack blend
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt
  • 16 (5 to 6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce, for serving

For the Avocado Cream:

  • 1 very ripe avocado, halved, pitted and flesh removed
  • 1 (4-ounce) container sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Salt

Directions:

Special equipment: toothpicks

Fill a large pot with enough oil to reach 2 inches up the side of the pan. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reads 375 degrees F. To make the flautas: In a pan over medium heat melt butter and sauté onions and jalapenos until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper and cook until fragrant, another 2 minutes. Add chicken and salsa; stir to combine. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro, cheese and lime juice. Let cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Working with 4 tortillas at a time, spread a heaping spoonful along the middle of each tortilla. Roll tortilla tightly around the filling and secure with a toothpick. Using tongs, hold each flauta in hot oil until firm, then release to continue cooking. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes, then remove to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately season with salt. Keep flautas warm in the oven on a sheet tray while assembling and cooking the remaining tortillas.

To make the Avocado Cream: In a serving bowl, mash avocado, sour cream and lime juice until smooth. Season with salt, to taste.

To serve, arrange flautas on a platter of shredded lettuce and serve with Avocado Cream on the side.

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