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Turkey with Poblano Mole Sauce

Turkey with Poblano Mole Sauce
This is my favorite traditional mole recipe adapted from Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook by Susana Palazuelos. Making mole from dried chiles takes time, but is well worth the effort. Mole's flavor improves with age. It keeps for about a week in the refrigerator, and about a month in the freezer. Leave the cinnamon sticks in while you store it. To adjust the heat: Mild mole - no chipotle chiles Medium mole - 1-2 chipotle chiles Hot mole - 3-4 chipotle chiles

Submitted by: Laurie from Ithaca, NY
Yield: 8-10 people


Preparation Instructions:

Heat a dry iron skillet to medium. Place the chiles on the hot skillet and press the down with a spatula. Turn when they begin to change color. Be careful not to burn them. It will take about 1-2 minutes per batch for the chiles to release their fragrance.

With a small knife slice open the chiles and remove the top, seeds and membranes. If you are working with hot chiles like chipotles or you have sensitive skin, wear gloves. Do not touch your eyes. Place the cleaned chiles in a bowl of warm water and soak for 20-30 minutes. Dried chiles tend to float. To keep them submerged, place a second bowl on top of them.

Preheat your oven to a broil. While the chiles are soaking cut the tomatoes into thick slices. Brush with oil and place under the broiler for a few minutes.

Sauté the onion and garlic in oil. Transfer to a blender. The sauté the almonds, peanuts, and raisins for 3-5 minutes. You may wish to add the raisins after a few minutes as the sugar can burn. Transfer to the blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a large pot.

When the chiles are done soaking transfer to the blender. Add the tomatoes. Puree until smooth. If you don't like the sharp texture of the dried chile skins, put the tomato-chile puree through a food mill, or work the puree through a sieve with a rubber spatula. Transfer the mixture to your large pot and combine with the nut-raisin puree. Add the Mexican oregano, cinnamon, and cloves. (You may have to grind the Mexican oregano yourself using a mortar and pestle.)

Bring the combined purees to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. It can take about 30-40 minutes to reach a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Add the chocolate and sugar, stirring constantly. When the mixture returns to a boil add the stock. Cover and cook over low heat for at least 20 minutes, stirring periodically. If you want to use the sauce that day, continue to cook over low heat until the flavors are well blended. Cook gently and do not allow the sauce to burn. If you prefer to make the sauce in advance, cover and refrigerate for a day or two to allow the flavors to mature. When you are ready to use it, reheat the sauce over medium low heat.

Roast the turkey with the garlic and onion. Cut into serving pieces and immerse it in the warm mole, cooking for about 15 minutes.

Toast the sesame seeds in a small, dry skillet over medium heat until they are golden. Serve the turkey mole hot in a large bowl or soup tureen, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

More About This Recipe

Mole sauce is also wonderful on enchiladas or in burritos. It makes an excellent dipping sauce for tortilla chips or plain salted crackers. If you have a gas stove that cooks too hot on low, use a heat diffuser to prevent the mole from burning.


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Customer Reviews

Spice House

Hi Sally W,

The raisins should be lightly toasted with the almonds and peanuts. If you’re using a blender and not a food processor, I suggest blending the nuts and raisins with the tomatoes and onions as a conventional blender needs extra liquid to puree something like nuts.

Sally W

When and how do I add the raisins. They are mentioned as part of the nut-raisin mixture but no instructions when to add or whether to soak them.
Otherwise sounds great – much easier than the all day 5 page recipe out of Diana Kennedy’s The Cuisines of Mexico that I made in the 1970’s.

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