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Vegetarian uses for mole

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Making a mole sauce is relatively easy when compared to finding a use for it in cookbooks and online that doesn't involve meat. I do love that taste and am certain that meat is not essential to its enjoyment. Your ideas are much appreciated!
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  1. It's a great enchilada sauce, so cheese enchiladas?
    I love it with tempeh, but lots of folks don't like tempeh. do you?

    1. Mexican cooking is not vegetarian (in the modern American sense). If people didn't eat meat, it was because they couldn't afford it, not because they had moral compunctions about doing so.

      In addition, moles, especially the more elaborate ones, are for special events.

      But, since mole is usually served on meat that is cooked separately, it shouldn't be hard to use it on vegetarian items - provided you can think of things that would go well with a heavy, spicy sauce.

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      1. re: paulj

        But the heavy spicy sauce is so delicious that it really is the main attraction. I'm not a vegetarian, but absolutely love mole over rice or tortillas, or even sopped up with crusty bread.

      2. hey, I'd put it on vegetarian frijoles...especially some of the beans that are larger and "meatier." I've also mixed it in spanish rice, and any kind of egg dish. even roasted green beans. mashed potatoes. in small amounts, with shellfish. in chilaquiles...the leftover corn tortilla dish. add to tortilla soup.

        An old Bobby Flay recipe, in From my kitchen to your table, 1998, involves a basic mole base with lobster stock and it's served with grilled tuna.

        1. I think it would go really well on a baked squash.

          1. One of our favorite restaurants has enchiladas filled with fried plantains and covered in mole. Has a sweet-savory-spicy thing going on.

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            1. re: ferret

              Those sound absolutely delicious.

              I think mole would be good on grilled veggie enchiladas. Also I seem to remember Rick Bayless on Top Chef Masters making it with Chiles Rellenos?

            2. I think it would play nicely with stuffed peppers.

              1. I make an easy mole using ground pepitas that I serve with chicken for the meat eaters and over homemade corn tortillas with a little monterey jack grated over them for the vegetarians. This is absolutely delicious. I also like it over rice.

                1. Thank you for the ideas! We love to try to cook authentically, but it's kind of hard when the cuisine you're cooking is traditionally meat-based. We've tried and loved mole sauce in Mexico, but had to skip the chicken underneath. The enchilada and stuffed pepper ideas are especially intriguing. Time to get shopping for some chiles!

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                  1. re: kojikiri

                    I think is would be great with butternut squash or pumpkin