The cornerstone of Mexican cuisine and famously complex, mole sauce typically takes days to prepare. This recipe cuts down on the prep and cooking time significantly, yet still yields a deeply flavourful, chocolate-kissed sauce that perfectly complements roasted butternut squash, earthy black beans, and zesty pickled onion.
Play within the framework of this recipe to vary the mole as you wish: nut or seed butters to make it creamy, different dried fruits for sweetness, your favourite roasted chilies for heat, and your favourite chocolate for body and richness.
Place large, rimmed baking tray in oven before preheating oven to 400 F (200 C).
In medium-sized stainless steel or glass bowl, place thinly sliced onion along with 1/4 cup (60 mL) lime juice and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt. Scrunch mixture with your hands until onions have wilted slightly and set aside while preparing rest of dish.
To prepare butternut squash, peel, cut in half lengthwise, deseed, and cut each half crosswise into 1/2 in (1.25 cm) semicircles. Place in large bowl along with oil and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt. Toss to combine, then tumble onto preheated baking tray, spreading out into a single layer. Roast squash until tender but not mushy, about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare mole sauce. To bowl of blender, add diced tomatoes along with their liquid, three quarters of the black beans, garlic, onion, chipotle chili pepper, adobo sauce, cinnamon, oregano, cumin, dates, and remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) lime juice and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt. Purée until smooth.
Transfer smooth sauce to medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, while stirring often, and cook for 4 minutes. Add almond butter and chocolate, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove saucepan from heat.
To serve, spread warm mole sauce in thick layer over bottom of serving platter. Pile roasted squash on top and scatter with remaining black beans and drained, pickled red onions. If desired, finely grate some extra unsweetened chocolate overtop and garnish with cilantro. Consider serving this dish accompanied by soft corn tortillas to mop up all the delicious mole.
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