My wife has this box of recipes, and one of the cards in this box is labeled "Sopa & Mole".
It is an old family recipe from a grandmother or great-grandmother or something. One of those that my wife had to write down by interrogating her mom, because it actually was never written down.
It's sort of been a tradition to have this on Christmas Eve when my in-laws are in town for the holidays.
I love it. One of my favorite meals. I usually refer to it as "Soapy Sheep" or "Soapy Mole". Weird, I know.
This year, for reasons I won't go into, I cooked for Christmas Eve and decided to try it out ... sort of.
You know me and the trouble I have following recipes ... luckily, it isn't a real precise recipe anyway, so I feel like it is sort of expected that you take liberties with it.
Anyway ... here is what the card says:
Melt 2 big spoons Crisco
Add 3 big spoons flour (+1)
Stir w / boingy beater to get lumps out.
Add 1 big can of chicken broth & Keep stirring while thickening.
Add 3T chili powder
Add 1T Garlic
Add Salt and Chicken
Add prepared noodles (see back)
On the back of the card it says:
In wok pan heat oil (2T)
Add 1/2 pkg broken up vermicelli
Add 1 cup water, lower heat, cover & simmer til noodles soft
Serve w/ tortillas
I started by smoking half a Sam's package of boneless / skinless chicken thighs on the Weber Kettle with apple wood.
I prepared the mole and the noodles sort of following the instructions. I used different and more spices than the recipe calls for.
I also may or may not have added more beer than the recipe calls for.
At the end, I dumped everything together and (allegedly) added more beer.
We served with tortillas.
It turned out yummy, as always. I thought the apple wood smoke added an extra dimension that was quite awesome.
I've been told that I might have to do this from now on.
Which, of course is fine with me.
Happy Holidays, Everyone!