Enchiladas Blancas - These enchiladas are pretty quick to make, but since the salsa is served warm let's start there so the sauce can simmer while we make the main dish. It starts with our classic rojo salsa that we add to a small sauce pan and then add an 8 oz can of tomato sauce and simmer on low heat until warmed through.
Now we can move to the enchiladas, starting with the sauce. In a blender combine 16 oz of mexican crema with 1/2 cup chicken stock, 1 tablespoon of onion powder and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Next, dip both sides of a flour tortillas into the sauce and add a handful of freshly shredded asadero cheese down the middle.
Roll up the tortillas over the cheese ending with the seam side down. In a casserole dish, pour a little of the sauce on the bottom. Place the rolled enchiladas into the casserole dish.
Ladle more sauce over the enchiladas and top them with freshly shredded jack cheese.
Place in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes just until the cheese is melted. Spoon a little of the warmed salsa on top and serve with more salsa on the side.
Doctor Smoke "The Witching Hour" - We've had this one on our radar since the band released a couple tracks on Bandcamp prior to the full album's late November release. We had those two songs in our constant rotation in anticipation for the full length and we're here to tell you that it does not disappoint. Doctor Smoke is the Stateside answer to Uncle Acid; super melodic heavy doom done perfectly. The opening track "The Willow" starts with a bone crushing riff that has some incredible vocals that soar over the top. "Blood and Whiskey" is a heavy, groove-oriented number that rocks incredibly hard. Things slow down and get a little doomier and sludgier on "Evil Man". The vocals are dark and eerie but still delivered in a catchy, atmospheric manner. Revving up the engines on "The Toll", the band tears through this number with the reckless abandon of Motorhead. It's one of the best tracks on the album. "Faces in the Fog" as the name suggests starts with some dark and swampy guitar work before kicking things into gear and becoming more of a straight forward rocker. On "From Hell" there is a cool little Sabbath-y shuffle that gets the song going that also features some classic Alice Cooper-like vocals. A little jazzy saxophone makes a surprise appearance on this track as well. "The Seeker" is not a cover of The Who classic, but rather it's a super heavy, plodding doomy number. It picks up the tempo a little into this cool little groove then a kick ass solo blows the doors off the song. The track flat out smokes. The heavy grooving "This Final Hour" has a ferocious riff as its backbone and slams like a mother. The album ends with yet another gem in "Permanent Night" that has flashes of Maiden dispersed through-out with the killer musicianship. When compiling the top releases of 2014, "Witching Hour" can't be overlooked, the album is that good.