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Ranchero sauce with peanuts

There is a wonderful little hole in the wall, authentic Mexican restaurant in my hometown serving delicioso food. In addition to a wonderful mole poblano sauce with chocolate, they serve a mole ranchero sauce with ground peanuts. While I've never associated peanuts with Mexican cooking - this stuff is AMAZEBALLS. Lick every drop off your plate and ask for a helping on the side - kinda sauce. Like a spicy red chipotle sauce with peanuts. Before I shake the owner down and ask for the recipe, has anyone out there heard of a peanut based, red mole ranchero sauce and have a recipe for it?

asked by Burnt Offerings about 6 years ago

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aargersi

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added about 6 years ago

no but now i WANT one!

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hardlikearmour

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added about 6 years ago

Does this sound similar? http://www.foodnetwork...

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added about 6 years ago

hardlikearmour - no, but that sure sounds awesome! This is most definitely a tomato and chile based ranchero sauce with ground peanuts added. I may start with a traditional ranchero recipe and play with it. I may also get up the nerve to go ask the chef. I'm only home for a few more days and just cannot get this sauce out of my mind!

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added about 6 years ago

Ha! May have answered my own foodpickle - this sounds like it might be very close because of the tomatoes, smoky flavors, and the use of cider vinegar to give it just a little bite. I may have to try it:

http://juicybits.wordpress...

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boulangere

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added about 6 years ago

Before I got to your post with the reference, I was all set to offer to help with the shakedown. Looks and sounds fantastic. Thank you for asking and answering.

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aargersi

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added about 6 years ago

Burnt Offerings I have a ranchero sauce recipe out there that we make a lot - in fact, canning some this weekend - so I volunteer to peanut-ify some of it for you!!!

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added about 6 years ago

Peanuts are a common ingredient in Mexican moles. Sounds to me like it's a ranchero sauce crossed with a mole, or riff on a pipian
http://www.epicurious.com...
in other words, lots of instances where tomatoes/tomatillos are blended with nuts or seeds to give further flavor and textural dimension to the sauce.

I posted a recipe for the contest this week with a very basic Mexican sauce. For what you want, I would follow that (I assume you can see it with my profile?). When you blend everything add chipotle en adobo to taste (I whole one for the quantity in my recipe for a mild heat) and about 1/4 c of roasted peanuts(get raw, toast yourself) 1/2tsp cinnamon and a good pinch of cloves or allspice. Then fry the sauce as I describe. I bet you'll get close to what you are describing.

Let me know if you can't see that recipe (Poblanos stuffed with Goat Cheese and Greens- the tomato sauce follows)
Buen Provecho!


** Just a little addendum. After you reduce the sauce by "frying" it, if you want to, you can broth it back out. That's how moles are done. Just add chicken stock gradually, as needed, simmering until it is the thickness you want

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added about 6 years ago

Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!! Thank you ChefHef!!

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Amanda Hesser

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added about 6 years ago

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