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August 29, 2014
mole de olla

I don’t think twice about eating a hot stew in the summertime. And, as far as I know, millions of Mexicans feel the same way.

You will see Pozole served in fondas in the middle of June, hot Caldo de Camarón as one of the most popular items on beach restaurant menus, and the famed Mole de Olla being ladled, sizzling hot from the pot, in markets all over the country at peak midday heat.

I’ve read that having something hot in the summer will actually cool you off. It turns out chiles are thought to have the same effect.  All these Mexican stews, quoted above, have rich broths that are usually flavored with one or more kinds of chiles.

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Green Beans with Peanuts and Chile de Arbol

Green Beans with Peanuts and Chile de Arbol
Ejotes con Cacahuate y Chile de Árbol

Serves: 4 to 6

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Ingredients

1 pound green beans or Chinese long beans, ends removed and diagonally cut into about 2-inch pieces

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts

4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

3 chiles de árbol, stemmed and thinly sliced

4 to 6 scallions, thinly sliced, light green and white parts only

To Prepare

Bring salted water to a boil, then add the sliced green beans and cook uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes until al dente. Strain beans and set aside.

Combine the soy sauce, chicken broth, sugar and salt and mix well.

Heat the peanut oil over high heat in a large heavy skillet until hot but not smoking. Add the peanuts and fry, stirring constantly, for about 20 seconds (careful, they brown faster than it seems!). Add the garlic, stir, add the chiles de árbol, stir, add the scallions and stir.

Add the green beans to skillet and mix to combine all the ingredients, and finally pour in soy sauce mixture. Let it all cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately or turn off the heat and cover to keep warm.

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