butternut leek enchiladas with tomatillo salsa



  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 2-3cm cubes
  • 2 leeks, sliced on a 45° bias
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • ½ tsp each white and cayenne pepper
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • ½ cup olive oil (not extra virgin!)
  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • 2 cups grated cheese (I used an 80/20 mozzarella/pecorino romano blend)

Tomatillo Sauce:

  • 3 cups tomatillos, husks removed
  • 6 fresh Roma tomatoes
  • 3 jalapenos (canned or pickled are fine)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions
  • Salt to taste


Preheat oven to 400°F. Place squash and leeks in a 9×13 Pyrex baking dish. Season with the garlic (pressed in a garlic press) and the other seasonings. Cover Drench in oil, then roast in the oven for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the sauce: Boil 2 liters of water. Add the tomatillos and roma tomatoes. Continue to boil until tomatillos are soft, and roma tomato skins burst. Drain, then remove tomato skins. Place in a blender along with other sauce ingredients, and blend to desired consistency.

Remove baking dish from oven. Spoon squash-leek mixture into corn tortillas, adding about 1 tablespoon of grated cheese to each. Roll and place join-side down back in the baking dish. You will be able to fit 8 enchiladas in the center, then place the remaining 4 on the edges. Return to 400° oven for 7 minutes. Cover with Cover with ~1 cup of the sauce, then ~1 cup of grated cheese, then return to oven for a final 7 minutes.

butternut leek enchiladas with tomatillo salsa

Serve with quinoa, covered with the remaining sauce. Serves 4-6. Inspired by CSA farmer Sapelo Farms.