1Peel off the papery skin from 1 pound of tomatillos and cook in 2 cups boiling salted water for about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the cooking water.
2Blend the tomatillos, 2 seeded jalapeños, the leaves from 1 bunch cilantro, 2 cloves garlic, and 1 coarsely chopped white onion with about 1/2 cup of the cooking water until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
3Toast 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds in 1 tablespoon lard or oil. Blend with 1 cup chicken stock until smooth. Combine both mixtures.
4Melt 2 tablespoons lard or oil and fry the tomatillo–pumpkin seed mixture for 3 minutes, or until bubbling hot. Season to taste with salt. Serve with chicken enchiladas or tacos. Makes 1 quart sauce.
Contrary to popular belief, May 5th is not Mexican Independence Day. What Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates is the victory of the Mexican army against the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
The holiday in the U.S. with time has become a celebration of Mexican-American culture, and drinking tequila. While it’s fun to indulge in tacos and margaritas, Guillermo decided to visit Casa Publica in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to learn how to make Puebla's most traditional recipe, mole.