TEXAS HOT MOCHA BURGERS with RED ZINFANDEL MOLE SAUCE
2 cups SUTTER HOME RED ZINFANDEL, divided
2 1.25 oz pkg Chipotle flavored taco seasoning ( I used Taco Bell)
3 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper ( I used Spice Island)
2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
7 teaspoons chocolate hazelnut paste (Nutella), divided
1 tablespoon grated garlic cloves
2 lbs fresh ground lean beef
6 crusty bread rolls or mini baguettes
COLAVITA OLIVE OIL for brushing
1/3 cup mole sauce from a jar (I used Dona Maria)
remaining 3 teaspoon chocolate hazelnut paste (Nutella)
remaining SUTTER HOME RED ZINFANDEL
3 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, divided
For Avocado Passion Salsa mix following:
1 1/2 cups small cubed AVOCADOES
1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
reamining 1 1/2 teaspoon Taco seasoning
remaining 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoon COLAVITA OLIVE OIL
2 tablespoon frozen passion fruit juice (Welch)
Place 2 tablespoon SUTTER HOME ZINFANDEL in bowl and reserve remaining wine for sauce in a saucepan. Add 4 teaspoon Chocolate hazelnut paste to bowl and add remaining 3 teaspoon to saucepan for sauce. Reserve 1 1/2 teaspoon Taco seasoning for salsa and add remaining seasoning to bowl. Add all other ingredients to bowl except for beef, bread and oil. Mix well, then stir in beef. Avoid compacting. Shape into 6 patties to fit size of bread.
Brush grill with oil. Place patties on grill and grill on medium high, covered, on both sides about 10 minutes or till desired doneness.
Heat ingredients for mole sauce in a little saucepan except for sesame seeds, simmer, stir till smooth. Sauce will thicken as it cools. If sauce is too thick, stir in more wine or water and heat before serving. Set aside 2 tablespoon sesame seeds for topping and use remaining for salsa.
Split bread rolls and warm them by placing them on outside of grill. To assemble: spread some mole sauce over one side of burger and place burger, SAUCE SIDE DOWN on bottom half of roll. Spoon tiny little bit of mole sauce over burger and place some more on plate. Sprinkle sauce with sesame seeds. Top burger with some salsa. Place top roll next to burger. Serve hot.
Yields: 6 servings