NOTE: While a great way to use leftover turkey, this recipe would work equally well or better with chicken.
In a dry skillet toast:
1 1/2 t coriander seeds [I use 1 1/2 t ground coriander]
1 1/4 t anise seeds
1 1/4 t cumin
1 1/4 t dried Mexican oregano*
Remove to a plate as soon as herbs smell fragarant. In a 2 quart saucepan heat:
2 1/2 T vegetable oil [I use 1 T olive oil]
1 small onion, finely diced [I use 2-3 T of finely diced sweet onion]
1 t minced garlic [Madison adds garlic with the spices]
Cook stirring frequently for about 3 - 4 minutes until the onion is wilted and slightly browned, then add the ground spices and cook for one minute more. Remove from the heat, let the pan cool for a minute, then stir in:
1/3 c ground mild [I use medium] red chili
Mix, then gradually add 1 1/2 c water. Return to the stove and bring to a boil, stirring slowly but constantly so that the chili doesn't burn. It will thicken as it cooks; add an additional 1/4 c water to thin it out if necessary.
Add and stir until it is melted:
1 oz Mexican chocolate. such as Ibarra, coarsley chopped [I use 1 oz unsweetened chocolate plus 1/2 t ground cinnamon or 3 T baking cocoa plus 1/2 t ground cinnamon].
Simmer for 10 minutes then stir in:
1 t sherry vinegar.
Mole recipe makes about 2 cups, If not all used, it can be frozen for future use.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Then finely chop:
1/2 c (or more to go heavy on veggies or omit, extra step and not key to dish ) butternut squash (carrots would work too)
1/4 large sweet onion
6 oz cooked turkey (or chicken)
several sprigs of fresh cliantro*
Toss the squash cubes in olive oil and bake for about 10 minutes until tender. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F.
Microwave on high for 30 seconds, two at a time
4 corn tortillas
Place two tortillas on two ovenproof plates that have been lightly greased with olive oil. Spread mole sauce on each tortilla, then 1/4 of the cubed turkey, 1/4 of the chopped onion, and 1/4 of the cubed squash. Roll the tortillas, then turn them 180 degrees so that the seam where the edges of the tortilla meet is on the bottom
1 1/2 - 2 oz. crumbled goat cheese, divided 4 ways.
Bake in 350 degree F oven for 12 minutes.
Optional garnishes include:
Avocado, silced thin, divided two ways, chopped cilantro
Arugula or other greens that are good warm.