Thanksgiving Mexican-Style with a Turkey con Mole Recipe from Grand Velas Riviera Maya

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The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya invites traveling palates to enjoy Thanksgiving this year with a Mexican twist courtesy of its Turkey con (with) Mole recipe.

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it is a common legend that mole was originally created for turkey

The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya invites traveling palates to enjoy Thanksgiving this year with a Mexican twist courtesy of its Turkey con (with) Mole recipe. While now there are many different varieties of mole sauce with origins throughout the country that act as accompaniments to many different dishes, it is a common legend that mole was originally created for turkey. At the Convent of Santa Rosa in Puebla, the nuns had to rush to prepare a meal for a visiting archbishop so they killed an old turkey, cooked it and mixed everything else they had in a sauce to top it. That sauce was the original mole. If you can’t make it to Riviera Maya to Mexico’s Foodie Resort for Thanksgiving, try the recipe below to make at home.

Turkey con Mole Sauce (Serving Size: 4)
1.25 lbs     Turkey Breast         
¼ C         Vegetable Oil         
1¼ C     Mole Paste         
¾ C         Chicken Broth         
¼ C         Nopal, peeled and cubed     
¼ C         Tomato, seeded and cut         
¼ C         Onion, diced
2 T         Coriander leaves, finely diced         
½ C         Lemon Juice        
1 large    Avocado         
2 ½ T     Lemon Juice         
Salt             
Pepper         

Directions

  • Cut the turkey breast into 4 pieces and season with salt and pepper. In a frying pan, add oil over medium-high heat and brown both sides. Remove from pan and finish cooking on a baking sheet at 350 °F for about 8 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a pan over medium heat add the mole paste. Add the chicken broth slowly, bringing to a boil and then simmering until you’ve achieved a thick consistency. Set aside.
  • Combine the nopal, onion, tomato and coriander in a bowl, add ¼ C lemon juice and season.
  • Blend the pulp of an avocado with remaining lemon juice and season.
  • Plate some sliced turkey over a layer of mole and dress with some drops of mashed avocado and pico de gallo.

For more reservations or more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, please email reservations(at)velasresorts(dot)com, call 1-888-407-4869, or visit http://rivieramaya.grandvelas.com/.

About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
Set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiances in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults only oceanfront, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, L’Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza, Mikel Alonso and Xavier Pérez Stone, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids Clubs and Teen’s Club; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and several other magazines and major companies worldwide. This year, the resort entered TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame for obtaining the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years in addition to the Signature Spa being awarded “Best Luxury Resort Spa-The Americas” at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and President of Velas Resorts, with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts. For more or more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, please visit http://rivieramaya.grandvelas.com/.

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