Holy Molé! It’s almost Valentines Day!I have to confess – I like Valentine’s Day, but I don’t go crazy for it. That said any holiday that celebrates eating chocolate is a holiday that has my full support!
So this is probably the one day a year where its acceptable (encouraged?) to have chocolate for dinner. I personally like staying in on Vday, and cooking and having a romantic night in. This dinner is perfect for that – and will literally spice things up (hee hee!).
Molé sauce: Rich, creamy, spicy and sweet with a hint of dark chocolate. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect dinner to put you in the mood…. for romance!
Now, I know not everyone is a fan of super dark chocolate. It does take some getting used to. But once you do, you are going to love it, and wonder how you ever ate milk chocolate. Bonus? It’s usually dairy free (if you are vegan or paleo, check to make sure).
But the complex flavor of dark chocolate is so much richer and complex that it’s perfect for molé. It totally balances the spiciness (this dish has some kick! Use half of the chile if you aren’t a fan of spice.) and brings a little sweetness to the dish. Savory chocolate = high five, Mexico.
As for veggies, I served this with a side of corn seasoned with salt and lime, and mixed in some black beans with the rice. PS: black beans and chocolate are secret best friends. We will have to talk about this in the future.
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- 1 Ancho chile
- 1/2 cups Vegetable Stock
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
- 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 2 oz. Dark Chocolate
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Place chile a bowl and cover with water. Microwave on for two minutes. Pour out water and remove stem and seeds.
- In a large saucepan over medium high heat, add Coconut Oil. Add onion and salt and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
- In a blender mix onion, garlic, chiles, peanut butter, vegetable stock, and cinnamon and blend until smooth.
- Return blended mix to saucepan and simmer. Add chocolate and stir until smooth and mixed.
- Let simmer for a few minutes and serve hot.