An Easy Chicken with Mole Sauce Recipe!

An Easy Chicken with Mole Sauce Recipe!

Rich, dark and delicious, mole is a signature sauce in New Mexican cooking. There are many variations, but the basic ingredients include plenty of Chile and nuts along with a touch of chocolate to tame the heat of the Chile. Traditional recipes can take several hours to prepare—this quick version takes a few shortcuts by using chile powder, nut butter and chocolate chips. Serve with rice and a medley of sautéed zucchini, pepper and onion.
This wonderful recipe is from Eating Well Magazine.

Ingredients:

1¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil,
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon almond butter or natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
(Or toast regular sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.)

Directions:

Season chicken with teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, chile powder, cumin, cinnamon and the remaining teaspoon salt to the pan. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce, broth, chocolate chips and almond (or peanut) butter; stir to combine. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, return the chicken (and any accumulated juice) to the pan and turn to coat with the sauce. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.

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Three Sisters’ Hominy Corn Harvest Stew

Three Sisters’ Hominy Corn Harvest Stew

This wonderful recipe is from “America The Great Cookbook”.
Lois Ellen Frank & Walter Whitewater’s recipe is located on page 440.
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Three Sisters’ Hominy Corn Harvest Stew
Makes 6–8 servings as a main course

Ingredients:
2 cups dried hominy corn (Posole) (white, blue, or red)
6 qts. water
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 green zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced ¼ inch (6 mm) thick
2 yellow squash, cut in half lengthwise and sliced ¼ inch (6 mm) thick
4 tomatoes, diced
4 dried New Mexico red chiles, stemmed, seeded, and torn into 12 pieces
2 tsp New Mexico red chile powder (mild)
2 bay leaves
4 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp azafrán (Native American saffron)
2 cups cooked tepary beans
2 tsp fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped (or 1 tsp dried Mexican oregano)
½ tsp dried Mexican oregano (optional)
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
1½ tsp kosher salt
Microgreens or sunflower sprouts, for garnish

Directions:
Soak the dried hominy (Posole) overnight in 4 cups of the water.

The following day, drain the hominy and discard the water. Place the hominy in a large pot and add the remaining 5 quarts  water. The water should cover the hominy by at least 3 inches, if it does not, add a little more water.

Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the kernels burst and are puffy and tender when tasted, 2–3 hours. Note that white corn tends to puff the most. Add more water during
cooking if needed. Drain, reserving the cooking water, and set aside. You should have about 4 cups cooking water. (You can also cook your hominy corn in a slow cooker overnight, which is my preferred method. Place the
hominy corn in the slow cooker and cover with plenty of water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and let cook overnight, 6–8 hours.)

In a separate large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, 2–3 minutes. Add the garlic, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes and sauté for another 3 minutes. Add the
hominy, red chiles, red chile powder, bay leaves, stock, hominy cooking water, and azafrán. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for 30 minutes. Add the tepary beans, oregano (if using), thyme, and salt and continue cooking for another 15 minutes.

If you prefer a smooth, thick stew, transfer the mixture to a blender, reserving 2–3 cups (480–700 ml) for garnish, and blend until smooth. Serve hot in large soup bowls, garnished with microgreens and with the reserved stew if you’ve blended the stew.

Notes:
Corn, beans, and squash are known by many native peoples as the Three Sisters and are considered to be sacred gifts from the Great Spirit. Often planted together, they help one another to grow and provide complementary nutrients when eaten together.

Tepary beans are native to the Southwest. We sometimes source ours from Ramona Farms or Native Seeds.  You can substitute pinto or black beans if desired.

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Baked Penne & Green Chile

Baked Penne & Green Chile

Baked Penne & Green Chile

INGREDIENTS

2 cups (480 ml) whole milk
1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
One 15-ounce (425-g) can crushed tomatoes
One 4-ounce (115-g) can diced green chiles, drained
2 cups (230 g) shredded sharp Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
1 pound (455 g) penne or ziti
1 cup (100 g) freshly grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.


PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C), with a rack in the middle position. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, in a 13 by 9-inch (33 by 23-cm) baking dish, stir together the milk, cream, tomatoes, chiles, Cheddar, and mustard. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and some pepper, then set the tomato mixture aside.

When the water boils, season it generously with salt; it should taste like seawater. When it returns to a boil, add the pasta, quickly stir to separate the noodles, then cover the pot. When the water returns to a boil again, uncover and boil the pasta until very al dente, stirring occasionally.

Drain the pasta thoroughly, then pour the noodles on top of the tomato mixture and toss to combine. Gently “shake” the dish to distribute the ingredients, then top evenly with the Pecorino.*
Bake until bubbling and lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Make Ahead

Prepare to * without preheating the oven, then keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Bake, covered, at 350°F (175°C) until hot, about 30 to 60 minutes (if frozen), uncovering for the last 10 minutes or so.

Staggered

Serve hot or warm. It will keep, loosely covered, in a 200°F (90°C) oven for up to 2 hours.

 

The Green Chile Garden Dip

Green Chile Garden Dip

The Green Chile Garden Dip

The Green Chile Garden Dip is  another perfect dip for the NFL Playoffs & Super Bowl parties. Easy and quick to make! This recipe is from the “Green Chile Bible” page 29.
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Traditional Chile con Queso

 

Chile con Queso with chips

Traditional Chile con Queso

Here is the old favorite Chile con Queso! Another perfect dip for the NFL Playoffs & Super Bowl parties.  Easy and quick to make! This recipe is from the “Green Chile Bible” page 31
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