vegetarian ideas for homemade mole?
Mole, black, brown, or red versions all very nice with fried green or yellow plantains, or sweet potatoes, or pumpkin. You can make a great winter squash soup using a lump of mole as a spice paste instead of a sauce base.
I like mole and masa tamales, and find the chicken somewhat extraneous in those anyway...
Mole is just like a curry in my opinion. I've done some indian cooking in my time and paneer is a delicious way to eat curried or mole'd. Take the paneer and cut it into 1 inch cubes and melt butter or ghee in medium to high heat. Add the paneer and let the sides of the paneer crust, mix it around, then drain the butter out and add the mole or curry. Paneer is such a mild cheese but it hold together in heat. It's really nice, but this would be a rich dish.
Anything you curry you can mole. Veggies.... one indian friend of mine used a real pumpkin and made pumpkin curry. I can't see why you couldn't do that with mole.
In the New Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas, there is an incredible recipe for corn crepes with goat cheese and mole. (This is the chocolate and chiles mole.) You already have the mole, so you could just go ahead and make the crepes, which are fairly easy. Here's the recipe paraphrased in case you don't have the book (which I would highly recommend for a household that is 1/2 vegetarian - everyone, including omnivores, love her food).
3 large eggs
1.5 c milk
3/4 c H2O
1/2 t salt
1 c flour
1/2 c masa
3 T melted butter
additional melted butter for making the crepes
Combine everything in a blender, rest the batter for at least 1 h before cooking them off. Makes about 18-20 crepes.
1 ib fresh goat cheese
1-2/3 c fresh or corn (frozen ok), blanched for 1 minute, and drained
1-2/3 c nopalitos (sub zucchini if nopalitos are not available)
1/2 c golden raisins
1/2 c lightly toasted pine nuts
2-3 T diced green chiles
Mix together all ingredients except melted butter. Put 2 rounded T filling in each crepe and fold in all sides; place seam side down close together in a buttered sheet. brush with melted butter and bake at 350 for 25 min. serve by putting 1/2 c warm mole on a plate, place 2 crepes on the mole garnish with sour cream and cilantro.
there are MANY different moles ('mole' just means ' sauce').
but in general, a mole might be delic over a sweet potato or winter squash dish
i.e.: halve a buttercup squash along its equator; remove seeds. turn it flesh side down in 1/2" of water in pan in 400 degree oven until easily pierced w/ knife tip. remove from oven, put back in oiled pan and fill it with a mixture of chopped and sauteed onion, red pepper, mushrooms..
bake until hot; top w shredded sharp cheddar or smoked gouda or chevre; bake until melted ,and serve.
you could keep or not do the cheese step,top w mole and bake until hot and serve, sprinkled with toasted sunflower seeds...
you could also make chilaquiles with poblanos, tortillas, sour cream (rick bayless's book, Authentic Mexican; he might call the recipe "tortilla casserole") and top your sweetheart's portion with the mole (while YOU have baked chicken with mole and the chilaquiles withOUT the mole.!)
mole can also go over tamales. trader joes has EXCELLENT frozen tamales- green chile and cheese or chick and cheese.
mole could also go over or in an omelet. or veg enchiladas like you said already.and maybe as is over sauteed shrimp or scallops....