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More Uses for the Basic Chile Sauce


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I had a pal over for lunch last week, only I forgot to shop and had to make due with what was in the kitchen. I made a basic chile sauce, virtually the same as I had used for the enchiladas in an earlier post, and added barely cooked zucchini.

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I fried the chile paste in duck fat, because that is what I had on hand.

Again, Basic Chile Sauce
Clean and the toast on a hot dry skillet 4 ancho chiles and 2 guajillos. Soak in warm water for about 20 minutes and then place the chiles in a blender with enough of the soaking liquid to keep the blades moving. Add a small chopped onion, Mexican oregano and some garlic. Blend well and the fry in some fat for 5 minutes. Thin with chicken stock or water and cook another 15 minutes or so. Add salt as needed and a touch of sugar if the sauce is bitter.

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The rest of the lunch was grilled turkey that had marinated in my pineapple vinegar, oil and some chile powder, and Hidatsa Red beans. And of course tortillas.

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