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Special equipment for the mashed potatoes and cauliflower: Hand potato masher; Ice cream scoop that has a curved arm that swings along the inner surface of thebowl of the scoop to release the ice cream (such as OXO brand or Kitchen Craft)
Make the mole sauce by heating olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and peppers and cook until the onions become translucent. Remove from heat and add oregano, cumin, cinnamon, chili powder, and ground chocolate and gradually whisk in beef stock. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Increase heat to medium-high and return pot to stove. Let reduce by two-thirds. Remove from heat and strain 1 cup of the sauce into a bowl, transferring the rest of the sauce and vegetable solids to a separate bowl. Let both bowls of sauce cool, then chill in refrigerator. (The strained sauce will be used to simulate chocolate sauce. The unstrained sauce will be used to flavor the beef and darken its color to look like chocolate.)
Keep in mind that all equipment used to make the forcemeat must be clean and well chilled so that the components can combine properly. (This includes the grinding mechanism, - if using a meat grinder - the food processor bowl and blade, all preparation and mixing bowls, and utensils). Without this attention to detail you will not be able to create the illusion which is your goal. All ingredients should be refrigerated up until the moment they are ready to be used and should be prepared in bowls which are nested in another container of ice to keep the temperature low during the actual preparation.
The goal of this recipe is to make a savory meal that not only fools the eye by making the meal look like something we know as sweet, but to also make a meal that tastes good. This will be accomplished as follows:
The onion/garlic puree and salt and white pepper will be added to the chicken to make it taste savory, and the cream will be added to make it look like the butter-cream "filling" of the cake.
Some of the mole sauce (the part with the vegetable solids) as well as salt and black pepper, will be used to give the ground beef a savory taste and a dark "chocolate" appearance.
The balance of the mole sauce will be used to look like chocolate sauce.
Begin the meat loaf by making the onion/garlic puree for the chicken. Through the feed tube of a running food processor, add the onion and garlic. Transfer this pureed mixture to a strainer placed over a small bowl. Allow the juices to drain into the bowl, then discard the juices, reserving the onion/garlic puree in the same bowl and refrigerating to 40 degrees F. (This can be hastened by putting in the freezer for a while - without allowing it to freeze.) Wash and dry the food processor bowl and blade and chill them.
If the chicken you have bought is not ground, grind the chicken tenders into a prepared bowl and refrigerate.
Prepare a 2 quart souffle dish by lining it with enough plastic wrap so that it covers all interior surfaces of the dish with enough additional plastic on the ends so you will be able to wrap your completed layered "cake" completely in plastic. Then refrigerate the lined souffle dish. Have 2 large bowls of ice ready in which you have nested 2 medium bowls (respectively) in order to keep them chilled while you are working.
Thoroughly wash and dry the food processor bowl and blade and chill.
Next process the chicken which will be used to resemble the vanilla cream filling in your "cake." Re-assemble the food processor with the chilled bowl and blade and turn it on. Through the feed tube, gradually add the ground chilled chicken a little at a time, alternating with the onion/garlic puree and salt and white pepper, until it is all incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if the mix looks unevenly colored. With the food processor still running gradually add heavy cream through the feed tube to whiten and lighten the chicken. (Add cream make it as white as possible to resemble vanilla cream filling, but remember, it has to retain some body.) This is where judgment comes into play. The recipe calls for 1 pint of heavy cream, but the chicken mixture may not "hold" that much before it becomes too soft. Stop adding cream when you feel the mixture has reached the point where it still has body and is not soupy. Transfer the chicken mixture to the chilled bowl you have waiting in a bowl of ice and then refrigerate.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F, (no hotter or the plastic will melt.)
To make the mashed potatoes and cauliflower which looks like vanilla ice cream, begin cooking the potato chunks and cauliflower in the last 10 minutes of the baking time for the meatloaf. The potatoes should be boiled until tender and the cauliflower can be boiled or steamed until tender. (Use separate pots because they cook at different rates.) Drain the potatoes and cauliflower well, add the butter, season with salt and white pepper, and using only a hand potato masher (NOT a beater) mash them together in a mixing bowl. To serve, use the ice cream scoop to simulate scoops of vanilla ice cream on the serving plate.
While the potatoes are boiling, begin the syrup for the tomatoes. Combine the sugar, red wine, pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar, and cream of tartar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is hot. (This may take a while, so be patient, but stop stirring once the sugar is dissolved.) Cover and simmer gently for 2 minutes, then uncover and continue to cook for another 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in grape tomatoes, coating them with syrup.
An effective presentation is to place the meatloaf on a large serving platter, spoon the re-warmed strained mole sauce over to cover the crust of the meatloaf, then remove 1 wedge of the meatloaf to expose the layered interior, laying that wedge on its side next to the rest of the cake. Your individual serving plate will be arranged with scoops of the potato/cauliflower, topped with mole sauce if desired, and some grape tomatoes with syrup spooned over and around. Serve the rest of the meatloaf wedges to your guests at the table.