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Recipe Name: About Mole Submitted by: Administrator
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Ethnicity: Mexican Last Modified: 2/22/2014
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Number of Servings: 1

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Mole (pron. mole-a) is a series of Mexican sauces that contain ground
chiles, spices, nuts, often chocolate, sometimes raisins, ground
seeds, etc. There are three basic types of moles: Mole Poblano (the
most famous type, and the one that ALWAYS contains chocolate) was
originated in Pueblo during Colonial times (Mexican colonial, not
ours) by the nuns who wanted to make a special dish for a visiting
Archbishop. The sauce contains ground dried chile peppers, ground
nuts, ground raisins, broth, chocolate, sometimes ground corn
tortillas, a small amount of sugar, and various spices. It is
traditionally served over turkey, with a side dish of unfilled tamales
(just the cornmeal masa steamed in corn shucks.) It's one of those
dishes that rarely finds its way out of the country of origin, and you
either passionately love or passionately hate. I'd post a recipe if I
could find one (Have recipes for all three versions floating around
SOMEWHERE, but never got the time to enter 'em into the computer, so
they're a little tough to find). It may also be purchased pre-made
(something I recommend, as the bottled version is excellent, and this
is NOT something you'd want to attack from scratch on even a
semi-regular basis). If Shirley is interested, I'll pick up a jar and
ship it your way. Mole Verde (green mole) contains green chiles,
broth, ground pumpkin seeds, various herbs and spices. It's usually
served over chicken or pork. Nice stuff, and much easier for the
beginner to like than the Mole Poblano. Mole Roja (red mole) is a
sauce that contains red chiles, herbs and spices, ground nuts or
seeds, ground corn tortillas, usually no chocolate. I THINK it comes
from the region around Oxaca. Again, it's marginally easier to like
than the more well-known version. It's usually served over chicken or
pork. All of these dishes are virtual throwbacks to the complex (and
to our palates unusual) combinations of ingredients that were common
in that part of the country before the arrival of the Spaniards. None
of the dishes is particularly hot, they have a complex, haunting
flavor that speaks of cultures long gone, but not entirely forgotten.
Don't know if you'd like 'em or not, Unka Burt (I do), but if you want
just a hint of what I'm talking about, throw a square of unsweetened
chocolate in your next batch of Left-Handed Chili, and let us know
what you think. From: Kathy Pitts, Bryan, TX Posted to FIDO Cooking
echo by Kathy Pitts from Dec 1, 1994 - Jul 31, File

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