To celebrate my first ever release and in honor of my own personal kink- heroes who cook- here is another aphrodisiac recipe.
Almond Molé (MOH-lay) Sauce is a rich concoction of ingredients that you wouldn’t normally think would go together – and you really wouldn’t think that once you stewed them for a while and then pureed them they would become something so stupendous. Mysterious. Evocative. Exciting. Versatile, even. Think chicken satay with a seriously hopped-up peanut sauce.
Molé is Mexican in origin (and my thanks to the great Bobby Flay for inspiring this recipe). It’s trademark ingredients are chilis, seeds and chocolate – often with garlic and onions – but after that the sauce is open to interpretation. You’re not going to believe it until you try it, especially after you check out the ingredient list, but have faith! Start chucking ingredients into the sauce pot and wait for the magic to happen – both while you are eating it and then later, too. Hello, aphrodisiacs! Try it with roasted chicken or grilled pork loin. It needs something that can stand up to its strong yet subtle flavors. I put it on a pizza topped with some unusual ingredients: roasted pork, avocado, red pepper, corn and cheese. Worked for me, and I hope it will work for you, too.
Almond Mole Sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 ancho chili, seeded and stemmed
1 New Mexico chili, seeded and stemmed
1 pasilla chili, seeded and stemmed (My grocery store carries dried chilis in the produce department.)
1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
6 cloves roasted garlic (I toss mine with oil, wrap it in foil and bake it at 400 for 30 minutes.)
1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
1 14 ounce can chicken stock
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons chocolate chips
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2-3 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry chilis for about 10 seconds on each side. Remove chilis and saute onion until soft. Add the roasted garlic. Stir. Add the chilis and the remaining ingredients and cook, mostly covered, for about 40 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a food processor and puree until smooth. Be careful – it’s hot! Taste for seasoning and serve with imagination.
For the science heads: Aphrodisiac ingredients include chilis (they get you hot), garlic (increases blood flow), almonds (age-old fertility symbol), chocolate (makes you happy), honey (sex hormone heaven) and cinnamon (increases your appetite). *eyebrow waggle*
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