Partridge with mole sauce
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Partridge with mole sauce
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Last updated 6/12/2012 12:47:47 AM. Recipe ID 8645. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Partridge with mole sauce
 Categories: Game, Poultry
      Yield: 8 Servings
           Stephen Ceideburg
      4    Partridges, about 1 lb. each
    1/4 c  All-purpose white flour
           Salt and freshly ground
           -black pepper to taste
      2 tb Olive oil
      1 sm Onion, chopped
      2    Cloves garlic, minced
      3 tb Minced fresh cilantro
  1 1/4 c  Defatted chicken stock or
      2    Canned or fresh plum
           -tomatoes, coarsely chopped
      1    Bay leaf
    1/2 ts Dried thyme
    1/2 ts Cinnamon
    1/4 c  Pepitas (green pumpkin
    1/2    Dried mild dried pepper
      1    Chipotle pepper or to taste,
           -seeds removed
    1/2 oz Unsweetened chocolate,
  This is a strong sauce, but partridge is an intensely flavored bird
  and is equal to it. Serve with rice or soft flour tortillas. Note:
  Pasilla and ancho peppers can be ordered from Dean & DeLuca, 560
  Broadway, New York, NY 10012, (800) 221-7714.
  Tie partridge legs together and secure to the body with a toothpick.
  Combine flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a shallow dish.
  Dredge partridges in flour mixture. Heat oil in a deep casserole with
  a lid over medium-high heat. Brown partridge in batches, turning, for
  about 5 minutes. Set aside. Add to the pot onions, garlic, 1 Tbsp.
  cilantro and 1/4 cup stock or water and cook for about 2 minutes, or
  until softened. Add tomatoes, bay leaf, thyme, cinnamon and remaining
  1 cup stock or water. Return birds to the pot, bring to a boil,
  reduce heat and cover. Simmer, basting occasionally, for 20 to 30
  minutes, or until the birds are tender and their juices run clear
  when they are pierced with a fork.
  Meanwhile, roast pepitas over medium heat in a small, dry skillet,
  stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  Set aside. Roast pasilla and chipotle peppers in the same skillet for
  about 30 to
       40    seconds until fragrant.
  Remove birds from the casserole dish and cool slightly. With poultry
  shears, cut them in half, discarding the back bone. Set aside and
  cover with foil to keep warm. Boil the sauce over high heat for 5 to
  10 minutes, stirring often, until it has been reduced to 1 cup. Add
  pepitas, dried peppers and chipotles to the cooking liquid and cook
  for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove bay leaf and transfer the sauce to a
  blender or food processor. Add chocolate and blend until smooth. If
  the sauce seems too thick, add a little stock or water.
  Return the sauce to the casserole dish and heat through briefly over
  low heat. Taste for seasoning: it should be smoky, hot and slightly
  bitter. Nap the birds with the sauce and garnish with the remaining 2
  Tbsp. cilantro.

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Recipe ID 8645 (Apr 03, 2005)

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