Posted 24 November 2011 - 12:58 AM
I love Mole' Poblano...so what can I say but "It tastes delicious"! Mole' ("moh-lay") is basically a variety of "sauces" from the region of Oaxaca ("Wo-hah-ka"), Mexico. There are as many recipes as the day is long and it is usually served with meat (mostly poultry: either chicken or turkey). Some mole' recipes have 20+ ingredients in it!! Everyone has their own way of making it. However, my favorite mole' poblano has characteristics that are much as you described: sweet, spicy, smokey, rich, and very distinctive. Ingredients would include: Poblano chile, canela cinnamon, black peppercorns, sometimes pumpkin seeds (pepitas) sometimes chocolate & sometimes peanut butter. Know that everyone will always say their recipe is the best or "don't use this or don't use that". I just say, Eat it and Enjoy. Even words just don't do it justice...so I suggest you sample some very soon. Either to to a Mexican restaurant (the more authentic the better) and try it. Chicken Enchiladas with Mole' Poblano is a great entree to start with. Or if you like trying to make new things in the kitchen, head out to a Latin/Mexican market and pick up some premade mole poblano in the jar...I belive "Abuelitas" is a good brand (yellow label if I'm not mistaken). Then, pan fry some chicken (with the skin & bones) and simmer the pcs. in the rich mole'. Serve it with some spanish rice, plain rice or tortillas and refried beans. I think you will really enjoy it. If you research the topic of Mole' on Wikiipedia...there's some decent info on it.