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oaxacan mole [Jun. 27th, 2004|10:15 pm]


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ok, now i have never made this, and i ripped it straight from one of my favorite cookbooks, world food cafe. but i've been dying to make it since forever. the only reason i haven't yet is because it looks a bit time consuming. it's definitely a weekend meal.
does anyone else have a tried and true recipe for mole? how does this one seem to compare? share!!! :-9
this community has been dormant for so long and that makes me so sad, maybe this will kick up some action!

mole sauce
3 Tbl roasted peanuts
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2-inch piece cinnamon stick
2/3 cup ground almonds
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp dried thyme
1 Tbl dried oregano
1 onion, coarsely chopped
3 garlic cloves
2 jalapeno chiles
1/3 cup raisins
1 banana, peeled and chopped
3 Tbl veg oil (they suggest sunflower)
1 cup vegetable stock
4 oz bittersweet chocolate

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced in 1" cubes
2 ears corn, cut into 1" rounds
4 Tbl veg oil (again with the sunflower)
2 plaintains, peeled and cut into 1/2" rounds
1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded, de-ribbed, and chopped
4 oz green beans
salt to taste
1 cup water


1. grind the peanuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon together in a food processor. add the ground almonds, allspice, cloves, thyme, oregano, onion, garlic, chiles, raisins, and banana. blend to a thick paste.
2. heat the oil in a large saucepan over med heat and fry the paste for 2 min., stirring constantly. slowly add stock, stirring well.
3. add the chocolate to the sauce. stir well until the chocolate is melted. simmer gently for 10 min. the sauce will be quite thick.
4. blanch the sweet potatoes and corn in salted boiling water for 1-2 min. and drain well.
5. heat the remaining 4 Tbl oil in a skillet over med heat and fry the plaintains until they start to brown. add the sweet potatoes, corn, and peppers, and fry until they all start to brown.
6. stir the fried vegetables into the sauce, then add the green beans and water. simmer gently for 10 min. and then season with salt.

[User Picture]From: flarn_chef
2004-06-28 05:15 pm (UTC)
Holy Crap!!! That looks awesome! :::starts to drool like Homer Simpson:::
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[User Picture]From: esoterikgardin
2004-06-28 06:25 pm (UTC)
yeah - my thoughts exactly when i first read this recipe. if you think THIS looks good - buy the book. it's full of really amazing recipes, many of which i have tried. phenomenal!

yeah - i've got to try this one. maybe this weekend. :-)
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[User Picture]From: flarn_chef
2004-06-28 06:31 pm (UTC)
Is World Food Cafe the title of the book? :::Shakes her head at herself::: I already have too many cookbooks---what is one more?!?heheheeee
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[User Picture]From: esoterikgardin
2004-06-29 09:18 am (UTC)


world food cafe: global vegetarian cooking
i know your dilemma with the cookbook situation, i have too many myself. :-)
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