Pollo en mole

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 large Roasting hen
3 \N Onions
1 \N Head garlic
2 \N Cubes tomato broth concentrate
⅔ cup Sesame seeds
½ cup Oil
½ cup Peanuts
⅓ cup Pumpkin seeds
4 \N Roma tomatoes
3 \N Chiles ancho
4 \N Chiles guajillos
4 \N Chiles negros
4 \N Chiles pasillas
15 \N Chiles de arbol; these control heat
2 \N Bananas
¼ cup Raisins
1 \N Stale tortilla
2 slices Stale bread
4 \N Cloves
1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
3 \N Bay leaves
1 \N Inch cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon Oregano
2 \N Circles mexican chocolate

All ingredient quantities are subject to interpretation.) Procedure Wash the chicken, remove the skin, and separate it into serving-sized pieces.

Put the chicken in a large stock pot and cover with cold water. Put one onion and half the head of garlic in the pot with the chicken. [Lupe just peeled the onion and put it in whole. She didn't peel the garlic. I think I'd cut the onion into chunks.] Drop the broth concentrate into the water, then put the pot over high heat. When the stock boils, lift off the scum that rises and discard it. Lower the heat, cover the pot, and allow the chicken to cook for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small skillet brown the sesame seeds (without oil) over medium high heat. The seeds will pop and make a minor mess; most will stay in the pan. Transfer the seeds to a blender or food processor (or, as Lupe's mother does, crush them on a stone metate). Pour the oil into the pan and allow it to get hot. Wash the chiles and separate the stems. Dry them (well!) and fry each briefly in the oil (this will be a little dangerous, as the moist chiles will splatter a lot).

Transfer each chile to the blender jar or food processor; if they don't fit, just reserve them in a bowl. The seeds should be left in the chiles.

[I might remove some seeds and toast them separately in a dry skillet, then grind them up.] Fry the tomatoes in the oil until the skins blacken a little, then transfer them to the blender. Lift the chicken from the stock and set aside. Strain the stock, and add enough to the blender to enable blending of the chiles, tomatoes, and sesame. Blend all together well, then press the blended product through a sieve. You'll probably have to do this in batches. Discard the seeds and skins that remain behind in the sieve.

Transfer the smooth blended chiles to a large pot. In the skillet, sautŽ in succession the nuts and seeds, 2 onions [which Lupe didn't chop up; this was a little odd], the remaining garlic (peeled), the two bananas (sliced in half lengthwise but not peeled [!!!]), the raisins, the tortilla, and the bread. The onions and garlic should be lightly browned, as should the nuts. The bananas should be allowed to get soft and translucent (sort-of).

The raisins should be allowed to plump and brown slightly; it should take only about a minute. The tortilla and bread should be well browned.

Transfer all these ingredients to the blender, along with the herbs and spices. [I think I'd toast and grind the cloves, cumin, and cinnamon separately.] Puree until smooth with some stock, then add to the purŽed chiles. Add stock as desired; Lupe added almost all the stock from the first chicken-cooking step through the various bleedings. Put the sauce over medium-high heat, drop in the chocolate, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the chicken, and let the mixture simmer for about 45 minutes.

Serve with rice. Yummy

Busted by Christopher E. Eaves <cea260@...> NOTES : spontaneous techniques of mole preparation demonstrated to me by a wonderful Mexican cook. Lupe confidently constructed this dish as if she'd done it all her life, which she probably has. Some of her techniques seemed a little unusual to me, but I've included them literally with commentary as to how I might do things. This recipe makes a lot of sauce.

Lupe says it's better the next day anyway. I should add that the cooking demonstration was conducted primarily in Spanish, with running translations provided by Lupe's sister and my feeble grasp of the language. I guess that makes it more authentic

Posted to MC-Recipe Digest by "Christopher E. Eaves" <cea260@...> on Mar 25, 1998

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