How do you feel about chocolate for dinner?
I came across a blog post this week challenging readers to tackle a recipe that they ordinarily wouldn't try - perhaps one that seems to take too much time or ingredients that you don't regularly stock. The idea is to try a new recipe once a week for the month of March. Knowing that I would have plenty of time to get crafty in the kitchen this month, I decided I was up for the challenge.
|I turned to my favorite cookbook to hunt for a recipe.|
The mole has two components, a dry spice mix and a sauteed saucy component. Here's the dry mix perfectly mixed thanks to my Vita-Mix.
After combining the mix and pureeing it in the Vitamix, I returned it to the stove and added the special ingredient - DARK CHOCOLATE!
Preparing the Skillet Pie filling - a mix of greens (kale and spinach), carrots, black beans, and onion.
All of the veggies sauteed and combined with a cup of the mole sauce.
And finally, the addition of a hearty corn bread topping. Time for the oven.
The finished product. Is your mouth watering yet? Doesn't this scream comfort food?! I just finished enjoying a plate of this "Cooking Hard Stuff Challenge" recipe, and I declare it a success! Great mix of flavors that would satisfy anyone, vegan or carnivore.
A close up of the plated recipe. All together, it took about 1.5 hours from start to finish. Fortunately, the mole recipe made about 3+ cups of sauce, so I was able to refrigerate some for use this week as a topping for the pie and while also freezing a container for later use.
So, are you up for taking on the challenge of cooking a tough recipe that you've frequently skipped over due to it's lengthy or challenging preparation? Go for it! See you next week for the next challenge meal.