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Vegetable Ideas to Serve with Chicken Mole

SusanB Oct 6, 2008 01:01 PM

We're planning to have a dinner for friends this fall and we'd love to cook a mole. We'll obviously have rice, but I think we'd want a vegetable dish that wasn't in a sauce. Any idea on what vegetables would be suitable?


  1. Veggo Oct 7, 2008 05:30 PM

    You should be able to get some nice snow peas from SA about then.

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      Louise Oct 6, 2008 03:25 PM

      If you want something fresh and crispy, how about jicama slaw?

      That said, I was going to suggest plantains. Don't know if matches cuisine-wise, but they can be prepared from green or ripe plantains, mashed or fried.

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      1. re: Louise
        SusanB Oct 7, 2008 05:03 PM

        Good ideas - thanks very much. I agree with hohokam though about cucumbers - for some reason, I've never really liked them. But cabbage - that sounds good. Plantains as well. Thanks.

        1. re: Louise
          Eat_Nopal Oct 7, 2008 08:54 PM

          Yes... in Puebla... the better cooks often serve Mole Poblano with either Baked Plantains... or Stuffed Plantains.

          The other approach I have seen is to serve it with a single Anise Tamal.. not a vegetable.

          In either case, its common to preceed the Mole Course with a vegetable course such as a Berros (Watercress) Salad - I remember a stunning version that paired Watercress with Mango Escabeche, Queso Fresco... very lightly doused with pineapple vinegar & olive oil.... other vegetable dishes include Colorin Petal fritters, Squash Blossoms stuffed with Mushrooms & Sweet Potato, or Calabacitas stuffed with Squash Blossoms cream.

        2. hohokam Oct 6, 2008 01:37 PM

          One of my go-to dishes for the sort of meal is a simple quick saute (stir fry, really) of julienned chayote and/or summer squash with garlic, Mexican oregano, a little bit of crushed hot chile (e.g., chiltepin, chipotle), salt and pepper. If you're using a mix of chayote and squash, you will want to start the chayote a little bit ahead of the squash. I often use a little bit of tomato with this kind of dish, but I think that might take in a "sauced" direction.

          You could also try a similar simple saute with mild greens, like spinach or chard.

          If you're feeling a little more adventurous, you could try a salad of cactus pads (nopales) or one with jicama, lime, and chile.

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          1. re: hohokam
            torty Oct 6, 2008 03:00 PM

            hohokam- those sound good. I would also add a raw vegetable dressed with vinegar and/or citrus like cucumber or cabbage- both with a little raw onion. Cuts and contrasts the richness of the mole.

            1. re: torty
              hohokam Oct 6, 2008 03:54 PM

              I'm a late-comer to the cabbage game, so it doesn't come to mind right away like some other things. But I agree that the crunch and lightly acidic bite of a simple cabbage slaw would be a very nice accompaniment for a rich mole.

              Try as I might, I can't get past neutral on cucumbers, but I recognize that my ambivalence toward this refreshing vegetable is not entirely normal, especially for a wannabe chowhound. ;-)

            2. re: hohokam
              shivani Oct 10, 2008 11:01 AM

              I have served a salad like this with mole. Sorry I don't know quantities, I eyeball everything. I think it might have originally been from a rick bayless cookbook.

              cumin lime cilantro vinagrette: about a half bunch of cilantro, olive oil, cumin, honey, lime, salt and pepper, whizzed in a food processor or blender.
              butter lettuce
              green onions
              pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds)
              cojita (mexican cheese) if you can find. it

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