So, I love mole, but I don’t know how to make it. I know that it is similar/related to adobo sauce, but, if my understanding is correct, it’s more time consuming and has more ingredients. I have found some recipes online that look promising – I’m just not ready for the complications yet :) I don’t really make a lot of complicated sauces.
This one turned out to be a whole lot easier than I thought it would. It’s an Emril recipe for Adobo Pork Tenderloin.
I used chicken, instead of pork and didn’t marinate it since I planned on putting it in the slow cooker. I made the sauce while cooking dinner last night and put the sauce, some chicken stock and tomato sauce in the slow cooker with the chicken. Tell me why I always forget to turn on the slow cooker BEFORE leaving for work. It’s just a good thing someone work close enough to home to come turn it on for me when I have a spacey moment in the morning.
It looks like a lot of steps for a sauce, but really it boils down to this:
1) Heat the dried peppers to make them pliable.
3) Simmer them for a few minutes.
4) While the peppers are simmering, put all the other ingredients in a food processor and pulse until everything is a paste.
5) Add the peppers to the food processor and pulse. Add some of the simmering liquid to get the consistency you need.
This made about a pint of Adobo Sauce.
In between these steps, I made spinach sausage casserole. Also easy.
Usually, casseroles require cream of something soup. I can make my own, but sometimes, I just don’t feel like it. I should really make a bunch and freeze them so they’re ready to go. Anyways, I’ve come up with a replacement for casseroles for a quick fix.
- 1/2 lb cooked sausage or chicken
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 or 1/2 diced onion
- 1 crushed clove of garlic
- 1 cup cheese – I used fresh mozzarella, but cheddar is good too
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- salt and pepper
Mix it all together and bake it at 350 until it’s bubbly.