Ancho-cashew mole sauce

Yield: 7 servings

Measure Ingredient
7 Ancho chiles (about 1 lb)
4 cups ;water, boiling
1 cup Tomatoes; peeled, chopped
¼ cup Sesame seeds
¼ cup Cashews; chopped
1 Corn tortilla (6")
1 Bread, pumpernickel; slice toasted (1 oz)
1 tablespoon Oil
½ cup Onion; sliced, separated into rings
1 Garlic clove; minced
¼ cup Raisins
1 tablespoon Purnes, pitted; chopped
½ teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
¼ teaspoon Coriander, ground
¼ teaspoon Aniseeds, cruched
⅓ teaspoon Cloves, ground
4 cups Broth, chicken, low salt divided
1 teaspoon Sugar
¼ teaspoon ;salt

Remove stems and seeds from chiles, reserving 2 tablespoons seeds; discard stems. Tear chiles into large pieces, and place in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, turning pieces occasionally (be careful not to burn the chiles). combine chiles and boiling water in a large bowl; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain. Combine chiles and tomato in a large bowl; set aside.

Combine sesame seeds and cashews in skillet over medium heat. Cook for 3 minutes or until the sesame seeds are lightly browned, shaking the skillet frequently. Add reserved chile seeds; cook an additonal 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Add sesame seed mixdture to tomato mixture in bowl; set aside.

Place tortilla in skillet over medium heat. Cook 3 minutes or until throughly heated. Tear tortilla and toasted pumpernickel bread into large pieces; add to tomato mixture. Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel.

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; saute 4 minutes or until tender. Add raisians and next 5 ingredients (raisins through cloves); cook 2 minutes or until raisins plump, stirring constantly.

Combine raisin mixture, tomato mixture, and 1 cup broth in a food processor; process until smooth. Press mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Combine mixture and remaining broth in skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 45 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in sugar and salt. Serve warm.

Serving size: ¼ cup

Sauce can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Calories 78 (45% from fat); Protein 2.4g; Fat 3.9g (sat 0.7g, mono 1/5g; poly 1/4g). Carb 9.8g; Fiber 2g; Chol 9mg; Iron 1.3mg; Sodium 101mg; Calc 39mg

Submitted By MARGARET YOUNG On 07-28-95

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