Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Mole: Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

Maybe you didn't give away all the leftover turkey from last night's dinner. So if you're like me, you have a lot left. Yes, you can invite the neighbors in for another Thanksgiving dinner or you can make sandwiches for a week, but here's another possibility: Turkey Mole! I like to use Taza Chocolate Mexicano, especially the Chipotle Chili Chocolate Mexicano in this recipe, but any good chocolate will work!

Good Food Channel has an awesome recipe by Gino D'Acampo for Turkey Mole that uses 'bitter' chocolate. I love this recipe because it uses almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds, prunes, raisins, plantains and lots of other ingredients that aren't in your (or my) usual moles.

Don't have that much time? Want to make a Quick Mole? This recipe is adapted from Paula Deen's Quick Chicken Mole, but it's great with Turkey.

Quick Turkey Mole

2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 chipotle peppers, roughly chopped
1 (10-ounce) can chicken broth
2 tablespoons peanut butter
4 ounces Taza Chocolate Mexicano, chopped
Toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), for garnish

Heat oil in heavy saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add garlic and spices and continue to saute to toast and develop flavor. Add diced tomatoes, peppers, chipotles, broth, peanut butter, and chocolate. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and puree until smooth.

Take left over Turkey and either add to oven friendly saute pan or put in another pot and then cover with the Mole sauce. Braise in 350 oven for 45 minutes.

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