Mole with avocado salsa

I was recommended the food show ‘Somebody Feed Phil’ by a friend and I’ve been craving Mexican food ever since as the first episode was set in Mexico. It’s a great show though I’m not sure how he would have got on in Mexico if he was a much stricter Jew than what he actually seems to be. They love their pork over there. I liked this recipe on BBC Good Food as it has the orange, the spices, the raisins and therefore didn’t rely on the meat to flavour the dish. It was really tasty and if you really want to go to town on it, it would be great with some cheese and sour cream.

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • oil
  • 500g frozen quorn
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 200ml beef flavoured stock (or veggie)
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 50g almonds
  • 50g raisins
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chipotle paste
  • 25g dark chocolate
  • 200g radishes
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 limes
  • 10g coriander leaves
  • 2 green chilis
  • rice to serve

Method

1.) Zest the orange and chop in half and deseed.

2.) Strip the leaves of thyme off the sprigs and make up the stock.

3.) Pan fry the frozen quorn for a couple of minutes. Add the zest of the orange and squeeze in the juice. Stir through the tomato puree. Add the cinnamon and thyme and cook until the liquid reduces. Set to one side. Put some rice on to cook.

4.) Fry the almonds in a saucepan on a low heat until toasted then put into a blender. Peel and dice the onions and peel and finely slice the garlic. In the saucepan, heat some oil and add the onions. Cook for 5 minutes then add the garlic. Tip into the blender. Add the coriander and cumin spices and the chipotle paste.

5.) Add the cherry tomatoes to the pan and cook until they’re starting to break down then add these to the blender. Give everything a blitz until a sauce is made.

6.) Now, make the salsa, Finely slice the radishes and the chillis. Chop up the coriander leaves and add all these to a bowl. Halve the limes and squeeze in the juice. Cut the avocados in half and scoop out the flesh. Chop into chunks and mix with the other salsa ingredients.

7.) Add the blitzed sauce back to the frying pan with the quorn. Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes or so. Add the chocolate and mix until melted.

8.) Serve the mole sauce with some rice and some avocado salsa on the side.