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Black Mole paste (moved from SF)

Mick Ruthven Dec 27, 2006 01:19 AM

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> I also bought a Black Mole paste...

Do you know how to prepare it? I heard a while ago that you're supposed to add tomato paste and chicken broth to these mole pastes, but don't know what proportions etc.

  1. rworange Dec 27, 2006 01:42 AM

    Hmmm ... maybe not exact proportions, but here's some info about how to use the mole ... really could have knocked me over ... never would have guessed.


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    1. re: rworange
      OakTownHound Dec 27, 2006 02:49 AM

      Try this method from Susana Trilling, who runs a highly regarded cooking school in Oaxaca:


      A moderator should probably move this thread to home cooking...

      1. re: OakTownHound
        Eat_Nopal Dec 27, 2006 04:35 PM

        The problem with that method is that it is designed around Mexican chickens (think well travled, grub eating, robustly flavored & tough)... typical U.S. chickens (even the commercial Free Range) will dry out... you are much better cooking over dry heat until almost done... then poaching it off the heat in warm sauce for a 5 to 20 minutes.

        I learned that method from a nahuatl speaking lady in Xochimilco whose family (she claims) has been raising Muscovy Duck since Pre-Hispanic times (she is correct in that Muscovy Duck was one of 4 species typically domesticated in the Valley of Mexico).... she makes the best Duck in Green Pipian (a pumpkin seed variation of mole), I have ever tasted.

        1. re: Eat_Nopal
          OakTownHound Dec 27, 2006 11:06 PM

          Good point -- but while the chicken should probably be cooked differently, the method in that recipe for reconstituting the mole paste with tomatoes, tomatillos, chocolate, etc., is still useful.

          1. re: OakTownHound
            Mick Ruthven Dec 28, 2006 12:52 AM

            >reconstituting the mole paste with tomatoes, tomatillos, chocolate, etc

            Doesn't the mole paste you buy in the Mexican places already contain chocolate?

            1. re: Mick Ruthven
              Eat_Nopal Dec 28, 2006 03:33 PM

              It should also contain blackened tomatoes & tomatillos as well. I guess the theory is that the paste might lose some of its intensity over time so by incorporating some of the existing background flavors - including two slightly acidic fruits/vegetables - that would resharpen the flavor of the mole & provide more body at the same time.

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