Thursday, May 05, 2005
Mole and Pork Chops
Yesterday I wanted pork and we haven't cooked anything with mole since we returned to Mexico so it was going to be pork with a mole sauce. My butcher had a very nice pork loin. He trimmed it up and cut me two chops. They looked really good but the one thing I've learned about meat in Mexico is that it generally has a denser texture than meat in the USA. Not necessarily tough but I haven't found it to be as tender if grilled so I usually braise meats. I braised the chops with onion, garlic, wine, a little chicken stock.
Across the street from the butcher is the chicken store and he always has a large container of mole de Guanajuato. I bought the smallest amount, 1/4 kilo (about 1/2 pound). It is a thick paste about the consistency of peanut butter. You add water or chicken stock to get it to a consistency of a cream gravy. I like to use what is left of my braising liquid to start thining the mole. The mole de Guanajuato is very good and has a nice ting on the tongue but it isn't hot.
To finish out our dinner, I made rice and broccoli sauteed with garlic. It was a good dinner.