As soon as I saw this recipe at the Tasty Kitchen Blog I knew I had to try it – I mean it has chocolate and bacon, how could it be anything but amazing.
Like the Lucky Lentil Soup, its not the most photogenic meal but its so good that doesn’t matter. Plus its one of those recipes you can make all in one pan – a big plus for me, who usually dirties every pan in the house when trying a new recipe for the first time.
- 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 3 strips bacon (chopped for quick cooking)
- 1 bell pepper (chopped)
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 2 cups mushrooms (sliced or roughly chopped)
- 3-ish cups broth
- 6 ounces (small can) tomato paste
- 1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate (chopped or as chips/morsels)
- 1 cup rice
- Salt and pepper
- Green onions and parsley for garnish (optional)
First you want to toast your spice mix. Add the oregano, cumin, allspice, and sesame seeds to a skillet and heat for 30-35 seconds over medium heat. Set your spices aside for now.
Cook your bacon until crispy and set that aside too.
In the bacon fat (of course), cook down the pepper, onion, and red pepper flakes until soft. Add the garlic toward the end so it doesn’t burn. Once the mix is all softened, add the mushrooms and cook down until those are soft too.
Increase to high heat and add broth, tomato paste, chocolate, and your toasted spice mix. Bring to a boil. Add the uncooked rice and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 30-35 minutes. Keep an eye on it and stir as needed so it doesn’t stick. Add more broth if needed, I used about 3 cups over all adding more as it was absorbed by the rice.
When the rice is tender turn off the heat and let sit for a few minutes. Dish up and add your crispy bacon bits for savory, bacony, chocolaty goodness in a bowl.
On a side note the word mole (pronounced mo-lay) reminds me of my favorite fish, the Mola mola, or sunfish. I have a feeling my food and marine biology interest won’t cross paths too often so I wanted to share.
*Gluten Free, Dairy Free, could be Vegetarian and Vegan if you use vegetable broth and leave out the bacon.
*Photo from Daniel Botelho at National Geographic, via Facebook.