This sauce is Oaxacan-style.
- 12 ounces whole dried anchos and pasilla chiles
- 1 to 2 chiles de arbol or dried chipotles
- 6 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon anise seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 4 tablespoons peanut oil or lard
- 3/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 6 whole Italian plum tomatoes
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 day-old corn tortilla, quartered
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1 1/2 ounces Ibarra Mexican chocolate
- 1 teaspoon ground canela (cinnamon)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 whole cloves
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- Break stems off chiles and remove seeds. Rinse chiles. Toast chiles until fragrant
in a heavy skillet, turning them frequently. Transfer chiles to a large saucepan
and cover with water. Simmer over medium heat for about 30 minutes until softened.
- While the chiles simmer, toast sesame seeds over medium heat in the skillet.
Don't let them burn. Spoon the seeds into a blender. Toast the anise and cumin
seeds in the skillet until fragrant and add them to the blender. Pour 1 tablespoon
of the oil into the warm skillet and stir in the nuts. Sauté until lightly colored
and fragrant. Add the nuts to the blender.
- Wipe out the skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Scatter the garlic cloves
in the skillet, turning the cloves occasionally so that they soften and darken on
all sides. Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle. Add tomatoes to the
skillet, turning occasionally as they soften and darken. The skins will split a
bit during the process. Remove the tomatoes and set them aside until cool enough
to handle. Remove the skins from the garlic and tomatoes and add both to the blender.
- Pour 1 cup of the stock into the blender. Puree the mixture for 2 minutes. The
sauce will become smooth but a little grainy. Pour the sauce into a large bowl.
- Drain chiles lightly from their cooking liquid, reserving 1 cup of the liquid.
Place the chiles and about 1/2 cup of the reserved liquid in the blender and puree.
Pour the chiles into the bowl with the tomato sauce. Add 1 more cup of stock to
the blender with the remaining sauce ingredients and puree for 2 minutes. This mixture,
too, will become smooth but a little grainy. Pour it into the bowl and stir together.
- Wipe out any tomato residue from the skillet and add the remaining oil. Warm
the oil over medium heat. Spoon in the sauce and fry it for about 10 minutes, stirring
up from the bottom constantly. Mix in the remaining stock and reserved chile cooking
liquid, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Divide sauce into two containers, as 1/2 will be enough for any recipe that serves
6 to 8. The sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated for 1 or 2 days, or frozen
for several months.
Mole Enchiladas (Serves 6)
Have 12 corn tortillas ready. Add 3 cups shredded (deshebrada) turkey or chicken to 1/2 of the above sauce.
Simmer together for 15 minutes.
Heat 1 inch of oil in a skillet until the oil ripples. With tongs, dunk a tortilla
in the oil long enough for it to go limp. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Dip a tortilla into the sauce. Top it with about 1/3 cup of turkey drained from
the sauce with a slotted spoon, and a couple teaspoons each of diced onion and grated
Monterey Jack cheese. Roll up the tortilla snug but not tight. Transfer the enchilada
to the baking dish, seam side down. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.
Top the enchiladas with a little more diced onion and pour the remaining sauce evenly
over them. Scatter more Monterey Jack cheese over the sauce.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the enchiladas are heated through and the sauce
is bubbly. Serve immediately with spoonsful of crema drizzled over and a sprinkling
of cilantro and toasted sesame seeds.
Chicken in Mole Sauce
Heat 1/2 of the above Mole Sauce to boiling in a large skillet. Reduce the heat to simmer. Place 8 boneless
chicken breast halves, skin side up, in a single layer in the skillet. Cover and
simmer until done, about 1 hour. Remove chicken to serving dish and serve with Mole
Sauce. Garnish with crema and a sprinkling of cilantro.
If you prefer, you can brown the chicken breast halves in vegetable oil before
proceeding with the above instructions. The simmering time will be cut to about
40 to 45 minutes.