At the recent Western Food Expo, held this past August at the LA Convention Center, I was introduced to an authentic chocolate mole sauce: Mole De Fiesta by EZ Trade, created by Antonio Raygoza and Luz G. Raygoza, and incorporated in year 2002. I’d always been impressed with the chocolate and spices – not spiciness – in this particular sauce and spent a few minutes at the booth. I was then gifted a sample package of the Mole sauce with almond to take home, to which I promised that my husband would make it up in a recipe I could share on my website.
This is the outcome!
To create the sauce Eddie followed the instructions on the side of the packaging to add in some chicken broth and simmer. For the dish he was to use it on, Eddie chose to sous vide chicken breasts, and serve with a side of rice, pinto beans and grilled peppers. I tasted the sauce as it simmered and decided to serve with a Zanzonico Syrah made in Baja, California, by winemaker Gerard Zanzonico. Finally, we invited over some mole-loving friends for their opinions as well.
The sauce stole the show! Intense aromas of sweet milk chocolate, dark chocolate and black peppercorn that followed through to the flavors as well as smoke, Cayenne and a somewhat powdery note. My guests loved it! They took home the leftover chicken and sauce to have for their lunch the next day.
Conclusion: If you like mole sauce out in a restaurant or at home, look for this one. You will not be disappointed.
Ingredients: Water, plantain, sesame seeds, sugar, dried chili, peppers, canola oil, raisins, ground bread, cookies, almonds, cacao beans, garlic, salt, fine spices, tartaric acid and sodium benzoate as a preservative.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in the first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.