Turkey Mole with Almonds and Sesame Seeds Recipe
This mole, which is a spicy chocolate sauce, is a recipe from “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel. The original recipe calls for feeding walnuts to a turkey 15 days before it is to be killed and waiting 2 days after you kill the turkey before you make the dish. An alternative (highly recommended) is to purchase the turkey at your local grocery store. I rearranged the ingredients a bit to make it easier to follow and had to guess on some of the amounts. Some of the ingredients were not mentioned in the recipe (ie peanuts) so I added these where it seemed most appropriate. Overall, a very tasty dish!
Inspired by Like Water for Chocolate
Prep: 30 minutes Cook time: about 25 minutes Serves: 6
- 1 turkey, cooked
- a handful of almonds
- a handful of sesame seeds
- a handful of peanuts
- seeds from the chiles (below)
- 2 tablespoons lard
- 1/4 chile mulato
- 3 chiles pasillas
- 3 chiles anchos
- 2 cups turkey stock
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon anise
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- a hard roll (1/3 concha loaf)
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup wine
- 2 squares of chocolate
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Toast the almonds, sesame seeds, peanuts and seeds from the chiles in a griddle. In a separate frying pan with a little lard, the chiles, with their membranes removed, are also toasted – lightly, so they don’t get bitter. Ground the toasted chiles, nuts and seeds on a stone.
- When the almond and sesame seeds have been thoroughly ground, mix them with the stock in which the turkey was cooked and add salt to taste.
- Grind the cloves, cinnamon, anise and pepper in a mortar, adding the roll last, after frying it in lard with chopped onion and garlic. Combine this mixture with the wine and blend well.
- Combine all the ingredients for the mole in a large earthenware pan, add the cut up turkey, chocolate and sugar to taste. As soon as the mixture thickens, remove it from the heat. (Puree it with an immersion blender).
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