Chocolate Balsamic Chicken Mole

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Ingredients

4 tablespoons UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs
4 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 cup dark chocolate balsamic
1 1/4 pounds onions, sliced
1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
6 large garlic cloves, sliced
4 teaspoons cumin seeds
4 teaspoons coriander seeds
4 ounces dried pasilla chiles,* stemmed, seeded, torn into 1-inch pieces, rinsed
1 ounce dried negro chiles,* stemmed, seeded, torn into 1-inch pieces, rinsed
1/4 cup dried currants or raisins
3-4" strip of orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Fresh cilantro for garnish 
Directions
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy stock pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with  with salt and pepper and and sauté in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Place the browned chicken in a large bowl until all remaining chicken is browned.

Add the chicken back to the still warm pot with any juices. Add the broth, balsamic and orange juice; bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 25 minutes until the chicken is tender.

In a separate pot heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until golden brown, about 18 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add pumpkin seeds, garlic, cumin, and coriander. Sautéuntil the seeds and garlic begin to color, about 2 minutes. Add chillies and stir until soft, approximately 3 minutes.

Transfer the cooked chicken to a large bowl and reserve. Pour chicken cooking liquid into saucepan with onion mixture. Add the orange peel and oregano and cinnamon to the the pan. Cover and simmer until chiles are very soft, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. 
Remove from heat and working in small batches, transfer sauce mixture to blender and puree until smooth; return to reserved pot. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Coarsely shred chicken and return to sauce; stir to coat. 
This can be made up to two days ahead of time. It's actually even better the next day! Simply chill in a covered container and rewarm over low heat before serving. Serve with rice or warm corn tortillas,  along with a garnish of chopped fresh cilantro.
Serves 6

 

 

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Blood Orange & Cocoa Waffles

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup date sugar
1 cup plain yogurt
2 large eggs
4 Tbs. Blood Orange Olive Oil

Instructions:
Preheat the waffle iron. Mix together to dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl and add to the dry ingredients, mixing gently until no spots of dry ingredients are visible. Use batter immediately in a greased, preheated waffle iron. 

Serve warm waffles with fresh fruit, peanut butter, or maple syrup!

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Quinoa Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl with Spicy Baklouti-Miso Dressing

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Ahi Tuna Marinade
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Tamari if possible)
1 teaspoon Serrano Honey Vinegar
1 teaspoon Japanese Roasted Sesame oil
1 teaspoon black sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
1 pound sushi-grade ahi tuna or sushi-grade wild salmon, 1" cubes
2-3 scallions, thinly sliced

Salad
6 cups organic mixed spring greens
1 medium English cucumber cut into 1'" dice
1 large avocado

Spicy Baklouti Miso Dressing
1 rounded tablespoon yellow miso
2 tablespoons honey ginger white balsamic
2 tablespoon Baklouti Olive Oil

1 tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons plain yogurt

For serving
4 cups cooked quinoa cooled to room temperature
Pickled ginger, optional
4 small squares of roasted dried seaweed snacks (nori) cut up for garnish, optional

DIRECTIONS
 
Prepare 4 cups cooked quinoa set aside and allow to fully cool to room temperature.
 
Prepare the tuna marinade by placing all marinade ingredients into a medium bowl and whisking. Add cut up tuna and toss to coat. Refrigerate tuna while preparing the rest of the recipe or up to 20 minutes.
 
Make the Miso Dressing by adding all dressing ingredients to the bowl of a blender or food processor. Process on high until the mixture is fully blended and creamy. Set aside. 
 
Just before serving, in a large bowl toss 6 cups of mixed greens with 4-6 tablespoons of miso dressing. Compose the bowl by adding 1 cup of cooked quinoa to the bottom of each bowl. Add a mound of dressed mixed greens to the top of the quinoa. Divide the cut up avocado and cucumber to each salad. Place equal portions of the tuna on top of the greens. Place cut up nori strips atop salads and serve immediately.
 
Serves 4 as a light meal or 6 as a small salad   
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Where have you been my whole life, Chimichurri?

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Like a bright star in the night sky, tangy, vibrant chimichurri can illuminate dishes such as grilled or roasted meats, roasted vegetables, starchy dishes, and even seafood. There are no rules about when or where you can use this versatile condiment to bring a splash of flavor and pleasing contrast to your culinary creations. By using exceptional ingredients, even in simple applications such as this, a high level of refinement can be obtained. The finest, freshest olive oil on the planet, used as the base for Chimichurri pays homage to the early harvest green fruit notes unique to UP extra virgin olive oil. The green herbaceous flavors will elevate your chimichurri to levels heretofore unknown.   

Chimichurri Sauce
Ingredients
2 cups packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1/4 cup packed fresh oregano leaves (or 4 teaspoons dried oregano)
1/4 cup pinot noir red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup Certified UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Place the ingredients in to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are chopped and the sauce is combined. Can be made ahead and stored under refrigeration for up to one week in a tightly sealed container. Freezes well for future use. 
Use over grilled or braised lamb, pork, beef, poultry, in potato salad, over grilled or roasted vegetables, as a marinade for meats, over seafood, as a bread dip, and over hummus.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of condiment. 
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Pasta with Mushroom-Sage Olive Oil, Fried Sage & Pecorino

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Ingredients
4 tablespoons Wild Mushroom & Sage infused Olive Oil
6 fresh sage leaves, cut in thin strips
2 oz. pancetta thinly sliced (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

12 oz. dry pasta of choice, cooked al dente in lightly salted water

Directions
While your pasta cooks add the olive oil to a large saute pan over medium heat. Add sage leave strips and (pancetta if using). Fry for a couple of minutes until the sage and pancetta strips are crispy but not burnt. Add the lemon juice and whisk. Set aside. Drain the pasta but leave a fair amount of cooking water in the pasta. Add the wet pasta to the saute pan and return to heat tossing to coat and thicken the sauce. Test for seasoning, adding fresh ground pepper and additional salt if desired, and serve immediately.

Serves 4
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