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Mole Rice

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

 
If ever there was a recipe made for me, this would be it. Bacon, chocolate AND a savory dish? I’m all over this. Before trying it, I never even tasted mole rice. I’ve heard delicious things about it and of course, had multiple people suggest it to me since it has—duh—chocolate in it. But I held out, and now I’m sort of glad I did since my first experience was a homemade one, and an incredible one at that. The minute I spied Andrea’s recipe for Mole Rice, I knew it would be mine.

Oh, and as a side note, I definitely thought (like years ago) that mole rice was pronounced “mole”—like one of those scary litter critters in the ground. Um, no. I later learned that (maybe in college?) it was pronounced “mo-laaaay” and proceeded to say the word in my head for about two weeks straight in disbelief.

All embarrassing mispronunciations aside, let’s get cooking.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

Here is everything you need: bacon, a red pepper (chopped), an onion (chopped), chicken stock, sesame seeds, allspice, semisweet chocolate (chopped), tomato paste, mushrooms, rice, garlic, dried oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, fresh green onions and fresh parsley. It seems like a lot, but it’s super simple. And please don’t mind my trashy mid-defrosted tomato paste in a plastic bag. Keeps perfectly in the freezer. Try it.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

First up, toast your sesame seeds, cumin, allspice and oregano. Oh my. Smells so good.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

Next, and obviously my favorite part: fry your bacon in a large skillet. I chose to chop mine up first just to skip a step later and so it would cook a bit quicker. Once it is crispy and the fat has been rendered, remove it with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper towel.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

Add in your onions, peppers and garlic with a pinch of salt. Cook until soft.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

Now add in your mushrooms. Cook those until they are soft too, about five minutes or so.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

Once the vegetables are juicy and fragrant, add in your tomato paste, chicken stock, toasted spices and chopped chocolate. Bring that whole shebang to a boil.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

As the mixture is boiling, add your rice. I used the brown jasmine rice from Trader Joe’s and it was phenomenal.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

At this point, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 30-35 minutes. Stir once or twice during cook time to make sure the rice is absorbing the liquid, and if it’s absorbing it too quickly, add more stock. I can’t even tell you how incredible your kitchen will smell.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

Once it’s finished, remove it from the heat and let it sit for five minutes or so as it comes together. I interpreted this instruction as “grab a fork and eat as much as you can before serving it to others.”

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

After 5 minutes, stir in the bacon then drop some sliced green onions and torn parsley on top. I also think cilantro would be a fabulous addition, but I pretty much put cilantro on every single thing I eat daily. It might just be me.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Mole Rice. Guest post by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet It Is, recipe submitted by Andrea of Recipes for Divine Living.

Serve that goodness up! This was hearty enough for me to eat simply as a meal, but it would be a great side dish for a number of recipes. My husband ate some with enchiladas one afternoon and then again with grilled chicken at dinner. The only way I can describe how fantastic this is, is to tell you that it absolutely bursts with flavor. So robust and so layered. If you couldn’t already tell, we adored it.

Thanks so much to Andrea for the wonderful recipe, and for sharing something incredibly delicious that pushed me outside of my cooking comfort zone. Be sure to check out Andrea’s blog, Recipes for Divine Living, where she shares more of her passion for food.

 
 

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Mole Rice

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I love the flavor of the toasted spices and chocolate in this recipe, not to mention the bacon. Delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • ½ teaspoons Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoons Allspice
  • 3 strips Bacon
  • 1  Red Pepper (or Color Of Your Choice) Chopped
  • 1  Onion, Chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 cups Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 2-½ cups Chicken Broth
  • 6 ounces, weight Tomato Paste
  • 1 ounce, weight Semi-sweet Chocolate, Chopped
  • 1 cup Rice, Uncooked
  • Salt And Pepper
  • Green Onions, Chopped For Garnish
  • Fresh Parsley Chopped For Garnish

Preparation Instructions

Toast/cook sesame seeds, oregano, cumin and allspice in a skillet over medium heat for 30-35 seconds. Set aside.

Cook bacon and set aside. To the same skillet with bacon drippings, sauté red pepper, onion, garlic and red pepper flakes with a pinch of salt and pepper until softened. Add mushrooms and cook until soft.

Increase heat to high and add chicken broth, tomato paste, chocolate and toasted spice mixture. Bring to a boil; add rice and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook till tender and liquid is absorbed, 30-35 minutes. Stir rice after 15-20 minutes to make sure it’s not sticking and has enough liquid left to cook completely. Add more stock or water if needed.

Once rice is tender, turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in chopped bacon; check for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if needed.

To serve, top with chopped green onions and parsley.

 
 
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Jessica Merchant is a personal trainer turned food writer and blogger. Her blog, How Sweet Eats, is where she proclaims her love for all things sweet, all things bacon, and everything else in between. She works her magic in her Pittsburgh kitchen, which she shares with her husband of 2 years.

 

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Shal on 10.2.2012

I’m sure nobody can ever be offended by me saying that it’s hard to live up to my grandmother’s mole. That’s just a given in any family. But when it comes to a good fusion recipe this is a great one! And I worship whoever puts bacon on everything.
My husband was equally impressed with all the flavors in this dish. (Shhh! He doesn’t know the recipe called for mushrooms which I can’t stand but he loves). Thanks for sharing!

Aimee @ ShugarySweets on 9.8.2012

Ooooh. Molaaayy looks good!

Jessica @ How Sweet on 9.8.2012

PattiK – I definitely think that will work!

V on 9.7.2012

Lovely recipe, but where is the mole??

AngAK on 9.7.2012

looks delish, and very different.

type-o alert—in your reference of her blog site “…Divine Living”

sara on 9.7.2012

Oh how I love mole!!!! I can’t wait to try this!!

laurah on 9.7.2012

Will have to try with turkey bacon (no red meat in our house) and dark chocolate (kind daughters like) but will have to call it something else!

Nancie on 9.7.2012

Although I’m not typically a fan of the traditional, cocoa-based moles, this recipe sounds so flippin’ good that I’m giving it a whirl. I also have a green mole spice blend (Savoryspiceshop.com) that I think will work perfectly. Gorgeous photo! Thanks for the inspiration.

Ala on 9.6.2012

I recently discovered mole too, and your recipe for it looks way tasty. Thanks for sharing! On a note of complete and total empathy, I went *years* calling “Don Quixote” “Don QUICKS-OAT.” Until I said it to my Mexican friend one day and he was like “uhh…” Yeah. Literature major. Mortifying.

PattiK on 9.6.2012

Wondering if I could use Vegetable broth and omit the bacon – or sub morning star bacon in there to make this vegetarian…what do you think?

Travis Cotton on 9.6.2012

Looks good!

Faithdoc on 9.6.2012

I will definitely give this a try. I grew up eating my mom’s delicious mole chicken stew with my aunt’s homemade tortillas. When I would cook it for friends, I discovered that perhaps it is an acquired taste. But I looove it and am excited to try this “fusion” type recipe. (Bacon and mushrooms in mole? Unheard of! But I bet its delicious!)

Heather (Heather's Dish) on 9.6.2012

i absolutely LOVE mole, and the thought of it in rice form is fantastic!

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Vince on 9.6.2012

oh man!
i think i need to try this… i have a coupe MOLE-LAYYYY recipeez that ive yet to try…
i think this will be my first! Thanks!

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} on 9.6.2012

Somebody give me a spoon! Looks so, SO good!!

Meme on 9.6.2012

This looks amazing. The pictures are really clear and beautiful. I love your dishes too.

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dragonstoy on 9.6.2012

oh man this looks good! The fact there is a pic of Gian’ Iggle stuff just makes it more awesome. ;)

Sandi ~ LoveFromCapeCod~etsy on 9.6.2012

OMG. Are you kidding me??? WOW. This looks Amazing!! :) The photos are gorgeous too. I am ALL OVER THIS. Yum. (And thanks for the pronunciation….I never said it aloud…just in my head… as I wasn’t sure!) ;)

Hope @ Fairhope Supply Co. on 9.6.2012

I love the step by step photos that are always included with recipes on this site. (Visual Learner)

Never tried this before, but it looks so good, I think I’ll give it a “go.”