The game is on. The ‘fans’ are working up an appetite. You are frightened to open the fridge. That left over Thanksgiving turkey awaits. Every creative cell in your body is screaming NOOOOOO!!! You can’t even consider looking at another bite of the sacrificial beast, or worse, the accusatory glare of your family, should you consider it, but…
Heck, just make some Gonners, Turkey Tacos with Pumpkin Seed Mole! You know you want to… Besides, it’s easy and it’s good for your ‘fans’! No gluten, soy or tree nuts and only optional dairy
Pumpkin Seed Mole
Poblano and serrano peppers, oil roasted, peeled, seeded, chopped
Jalpeno, seeded and minced
Yellow onion, chopped
Garlic, fresh, minced
Oil to cook vegetables note: a true mole is best with lard, but olive oil will work fine in this
Chicken stock, note: if you are making a vegetarian dish with the mole, vegetable stock is a great option
Flat leaf parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper
Using a cast iron pan, dry roast the pumpkin seeds over moderately high heat. When they are nearly done, add the coriander. Keep the pan moving, shake it gently, so the spice doesn’t burn. You need it toasted to release it’s best flavors. Add lard/oil and onion. Cook until it begins to soften, add the garlic, do not brown this. Add the chopped peppers and cook for a bit. Add enough stock to moisten. Keep cooking, adding more stock as needed. You want to get the peppers and onion to begin breaking down. You can do this ‘green’ mole fast, over higher heat then most brown moles that need time to develop their complex flavors. If you aren’t in a hurry, turn the burner all the way down and let it do it’s thing.
When you are ready to finish your sauce, add the chopped herbs, salt and pepper. Cook just until herbs are heated thru. Using an immersion blender, carefully emulsify your mole. Don’t get burned! Add fresh lime juice to taste and serve with warm shredded turkey and finely shredded romaine lettuce or napa cabbage, in corn tortillas – preferably fresh ones, you just made, if possible (it’s pretty easy!) For those that can enjoy dairy, some cotija would be lovely!