PAZKAL 8 to 10 servings

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE TURKEY

1

whole turkey or 4 legs and thighs cleaned and cut into pieces
water as needed
1 green onion
3 cloves garlic, unpeeled, halved
salt to taste

FOR THE PAZKAL

3 ancho peppers, opened, seeded, roasted
2 guajillo peppers, opened, seeded, roasted
1

dried chile de arbol pepper, opened, seeded, roasted
100 g (3 ½ oz) shelled, unsalted pumpkin seeds, roasted
50 g (1 ¾ oz) shelled, unsalted peanuts, roasted
50 g (1 ¾ oz) sesame seeds, roasted
turkey broth as needed
2 sprigs mint
3 sprigs cilantro
salt to taste

TO SERVE

corn tortillas

PROCEDURE FOR THE TURKEY

Heat water in a pot over high heat. Bring water to a boil; then add the turkey, onion, garlic and salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 ½ hours or until the meat is tender and cooked. Constantly skim the surface of the cooking liquid. Remove meat from broth and strain it. Set both aside.

PROCEDURE FOR THE PAZKAL

Grind peppers, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, sesame seeds and a small amount of broth.
Heat the pepper combination in a saucepan over low heat, constantly stirring to avoid boiling. Add mint, cilantro and enough turkey broth to make a thick, grainy sauce similar to a pipián. When all ingredients are cooked, remove the herbs. Add the turkey; continue to cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning.
Serve hot with warm tortillas.

GLOSS

Pazkal (pascal, paskali, paxcal, pazcal) is a sauce made of various red pepper varieties and pumpkin seeds whose consistency is similar to today’s pipián or pepián. Fray Bernardino de Sahagún described it in his Historia general de las cosas de la Nueva España: “...the nobles also ate many different types of stews, one style of chicken casserole, with bermejo pepper and tomatoes, ground pumpkin seeds, a delicacy now known as pipián, another chicken casserole they ate was made with yellow chile.” The dish survives in several parts of Mexico, largely in the Huasteca, where it is served with cooked turkey or chicken. It is a special recipe prepared for the closing days of a celebration, ceremony or ritual such as Easter or All Saints Day.

Products

Peanut
Pumpkin seeds
Guajillo chile
Ancho chile
Turkey