March 2nd, 2011

Angel Phoenix

Pumpkin Enchilladas with Mole Sauce

Pumpkin Enchilladas

There's really not much more I can say about this dish then to say... go out and make this, right now!

Pumpkin Enchilladas with Mole Sauce

* Vegetable oil
* 2 Butternut Squash, peeled and cut into cubes
* 15oz can of refried beans
* fresh, chopped cilantro leaves
* 1 red chili, chopped
* 12 soft flour or corn tortillas
* salt and pepper to season
* sour cream, lime wedges and extra cilantro to serve

For the Sauce:
* 10 red chiles
* 2 tsp coriander seeds
* 1 tsp sesame seeds
* 2 tbsp slivered almonds
* 5 black peppercorns
* 2-3 cloves
* 1 onion, sliced
* 3 garlic cloves, crushed
* 1 tbsp cocoa powder
* vegetable oil
* 15oz can of chopped tomatos
* pinch of cinnamon
* sugar to taste
* 2/3 cup of stock
* 3.5oz of best-quality dark chocolate, grated

To make:

1. To make the sauce, put the chiles, coriander seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, peppercorns and cloves in a mortar and pestle and crush. (I used my little whizzy chopper thing since I don't have a mortar and pestle). Tip into a skillet and dry-fry for a minute or so until lightly charred.

2. In a separate pan, fry the onion, garlic and cocoa in a little oil for 2 minutes.

3. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil, then add the dry-fried spices, the cinnamon, sugar and stock and cook for 25 minutes. Transfer to a blender and whiz until smooth. Fold in the chocolate.

4. Preheat the oven to 400C. Coat the squash in oil and roast for 40 minutes until soft.

5. Put the squash in a bowl, add the refried beans, cilantro and red chile and stir well to mix.

6. Divide the mixture between the tortillas, roll up and put into a baking dish. Cover and cook in the oven for about 12 minutes; until warmed through.

7. To serve, put two tortillas on each plate and spoon over some of the sauce (it's pretty heady so not too much!). Serve with some sour cream, lime wedges and cilantro.

I highly recommend it with a decent pale ale as well. I even have plenty of sauce for leftovers! Yumyumyumyumyum