What is mole? Many of us have become enamored of this complex, intoxicating dish, but relatively few of us know what's in it (besides chocolate) or how it's made. Mole's most famous ingredient-chocolate-is actually a minor player in a sauce that can have more than two dozen ingredients, including tomatoes, raisins, sesame seeds, whole cloves and oregano. Many moles don't contain any chocolate at all!
The Spanish word mole comes from the Aztec word molli, which was used by the pre-Colonial indigenous peoples of Mexico to refer to the sauces they made by pounding dried chiles with seeds and nuts in giant mortars. The Spaniards brought to the New World many ingredients, especially spices, which were incorporated into the native sauces. Today, mole remains the most beloved dish of Mexico, and a different version is made by nearly every cook.
This 80+-page cookbook will guide you through the complex process of making your own mole at home, including recipes for Roast Duck in Orange Honey Mole, Steak and Cactus Burritos, Turkey Cutlets with Mandarin Cranberry Mole, Wild Mushroom and Roasted Poblano Enchiladas, and Monkfish Braised in Saffron-scented Mole Amarillo.
Four color photos throughout
Publisher: Rio Nuevo Books