Cheese and Onion Enchilada Pie/Revolution Amarillo Hero/Swamp Ritual “Sunchaser”
This meal started off as a throw away “use up our leftovers” type evening, before we quickly realized we were on to something. We reached for a new beer out of the fridge, cranked up a new album and started putting together the ingredients for what would soon become Cheese and Onion Enchilada Pie. Layers of red enchilada sauce, corn tortillas, a seasoned cream cheese/onion blend and shredded cheddar jack all made their way into a greased loaf pan. The whole thing gets baked lasagna-style until the cheese is bubbly on top and the interior is set. Huge chunks gets sliced off and served with guacamole, crema and hot sauce. The beer we reached for was yet another hero series beer from Revolution Brewing in Chicago, this time we went with their Amarillo Hero. For the tunes, we spun the new EP “Sunchaser” from Montana’s Swamp Ritual.
Cheese and Onion Enchilada Pie – It all started innocently enough with a leftover red onion, half of a log of smoked mozzarella that we used for the Planets Collide burger and a few extra corn tortillas. We started by sautéing the thinly sliced red onion in a little olive oil and seasoning it up with our La Curandera Mexican Rub. We cook the onions down until slightly soft, about 10 minutes.
Next up we place 2 heaping tablespoons of cream cheese in a bowl then pour the hot onions on top. Mix throughly until smooth and well combined.
Just like that, we’re ready to start assembling things. In a greased loaf pan we cover the bottom with a thin layer of red enchilada sauce followed by two corn tortillas and a little more enchilada sauce on top.
A heaping spoon of the cream cheese/onion mixture goes on next as we spread it evenly across the tortillas.
Next up comes the thick slices of smoked mozzarella right on top.
We continue layering the tortillas, sauce and cream cheese until we get close to the top. The last step is to scatter a liberal amount of cheddar jack on top followed by a sprinkling of more La Curandera.
The pan goes into a 375 degree oven for about 35 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly. Let the loaf rest for 10-15 minutes to set, then cut into squares.
We serve up chunks of this pie with a scoop of guacamole and scoop of crema that’s been drizzled with hot sauce. Man, are we glad we realized this was going in a really good direction early so we could crack a beer and crank some tunes to be able to share it.
Revolution Amarillo Hero – We’ve got Amarillo Hero tonight then one more in our Revolution case before we can close out the collection of “Heroes” to feature. Amarillo Hero pours a cloudy orange with a wispy head. The aroma is crisp and piney. Flavor-wise the beer is boozy and sweet with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Admittedly, Amarillo is not one of our favorite hop variety when used in large quantities due to the sweetness and heaviness of the beer, but this beer is still really good. It was a pretty decent match with the Mexican food, maybe a bit too heavy and malty, but not bad.
Swamp Ritual “Sunchaser” – The doom duo known as Swamp Ritual hail from Missoula, Montana and bring back the heavy sludge once again on their latest release “Sunchaser”. The title track kicks things off and is a lesson in bass riffology. The tune grooves along at a pretty frenetic pace sounding like an all out jam as the vocals get dispersed in sporadically throughout the song. Clocking in at just about thirteen minutes is “The Bearded Dragon”, a prog-sludge instrumental epic complete with a rolling, bluesy bass riff as its foundation for the first third of the song. Things slow down considerably from there into more experimental doom territory before the band lets loose in the final stanza of the song thrashing with the best of them. The entire song has a definite Sleep feel to it for sure. “Lawnmower” is a fun tune that breaks the mold a bit, the sound is still down tuned and fuzzy but the tone and vocals are upbeat in a rockabilly/psychobilly-style. Think of it as the equivalent of doom drinking music, like The Dropkick Murphys with Matt Pike in the band. On “Dark Matters” things return to their regularly scheduled low and slow roots, the song is angst-ridden and anthemic in its delivery recalling early Danzig. The album ends with an absolute scorcher of a track, the heavy jamming “Malacastria” is a groove monster that puts a fitting exclamation mark on this excellent album.