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The Day After: Turkey in Mole Ole! Sauce

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November 25th. The morning after. As the food coma fades, we find ourselves fridge-gazing at the thought of any more mashed potatoes. The traditional flavors of the season have begun to seem dull and we ask ourselves a question mankind has pondered since the dawn of time: How can we jazz up the leftovers?

Chiles for Mole Olé!

Enter the mole! This hearty sauce using our Mole Olé! blend satisfies the craving for an exotic departure from standard fall flavors and transforms your leftovers into a delicious new dish too easy to believe. Make it a day or two before the marathon holiday cooking begins so that it’s all ready to combine with leftover shredded turkey on Thanksgiving Friday. Use it to stuff enchiladas, wet burritos smothered in more of the glorious sauce, or as a filling for tacos.

Turkey in Mole Ole! Sauce

Turkey in Mole Ole! Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cooked turkey meat, shredded
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can tomatillos, drained
  • 1 plantain, diced small (on the green side)
  • 2, one-inch slices challah or other egg bread
  • ½ cup ground Mole Ole!
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chile flakes
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat two tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add almonds and toast until golden, about four minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to paper towel–lined plate, reserving the oil.
  2. Add raisins to oil in skillet and sauté until plump, about two minutes. Transfer to paper towel–lined plate, again reserving oil.
  3. Add onion and garlic and plantain to skillet and sauté until softened, about five minutes. Add tomatoes and tomatillos and simmer over medium-high heat until reduced by half, about ten minutes.
  4. Transfer almonds and raisins to the tomato mixture along with the Mole Ole! spice blend and the challah.
  5. Working in batches, add mixture to blender and purée until smooth, adding the stock to thin to the desired consistency.
  6. Return the blended sauce to medium heat, and season to taste with salt, sugar and Chipotle Flakes.
  7. Simmer over low heat for ten minutes to develop flavors. Add the cooked, shredded turkey meat, and toss to coat in the sauce. Use to fill enchiladas, tacos, burritos, or to top nachos.
https://www.silkroaddiary.com/mole-ole-sauce-with-turkey/

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 8 Comments

  1. MissJenn says:

    Made this recipe this past weekend.

    We had a challenge at Step 6, which talks about adding “the stock.” What stock? How much stock?
    It’s not listed in the ingredients. I did what I could and used about 4 cups of chicken stock.

    Also, when you say “1 can” of something, it would be really helpful if you specified how many ounces. 🙂

    Thanks!

    • Sherrie says:

      Oops. Sorry about that. 4 cups chicken stock is correct – you can use more if you want a “looser” mole sauce. As for the can size, it would be the most common sized can that you can find on the grocery store shelf. We’ll try to specify the ounce size in the future. Thank you, and we hope you enjoyed the recipe!

  2. Roberta says:

    Could we please also get an approximate size on the cans of tomatoes and tomatillos? Thanks!

    • Sherrie says:

      The can size would be your average 14.5 ounce can that you can easily find in grocery stores. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

  3. LInda J. Hurley says:

    I bought some of the Mole Ole spice mix and would appreciate a chicken mole recipe that uses the spice mix. Thank you.

    • Sherrie says:

      We don’t have a recipe that specifically uses chicken, but you could substitute chicken (or even pork) for the turkey in this recipe. https://www.silkroaddiary.com/mole-ole-sauce-with-turkey/ By the way, you can go to any of our spices or blends on our website and, if we have a recipe using it, there will be a link to in on our food blog. It comes in handy!

      • Linda J Hurley says:

        Thank you, Sherrie. I found a recipe for a chicken mole on All Recipes, and when they listed the spices to add, I just used the corresponding amount of Mole Ole spice blend in place of the separate spices. It worked wonderfully! I did add some chocolate chips, as per the recipe, because I didn’t think there was quite enough chocolate in the blend. It was a hit! I will always check the website first, though. (-;

        • Sherrie says:

          I’ll also sometimes brown some boneless chicken thighs and/or boneless pork with chopped up onion and garlic. Then I’ll put it in an ovenproof dish, and cover it with a mixture of Mole Ole and liquid (orange juice, beer, or chicken stock). I’ll then bake it until the meat is tender, adding more liquid if I need to so I have extra sauce to put over rice. (You could also do that in a slow cooker.) And adding more chocolate is never a bad thing!

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