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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Guest Blogger: Posole

***Soup might not be on a lot of people's minds this time of year, but this is a recipe that I wanted my guest blogger to share with you because it's something that might not make it across our table and I believe it's a very tasty recipe that needs to be shared.  Stephen The Obsessive Chef is our guest blogger today, bringing you a classic, traditional Mexican stew (or soup).  Big Thanks to Stephen for sharing...I hope you all enjoy!***

Every time I make posole I do it differently. My first posole post was way back to 9/30/08. I start with a list of what I have to contribute to it. This time it was some great big pork loin chops (on the bone) that were quite fatty. Trimming the fat and cutting the meat into ½” pieces was a start.

I had 1 pasilla pepper (a dried one) and a bag of the kind of dried red peppers you see ristras made from. Instead of rehydrating the peppers, I broke them up with my hands and extracted the seeds. Then I pulverized them in our spice grinder. All I needed to buy was an Anaheim pepper and some broth.

One problem cropped up: it was spicy, perhaps too spicy for Peter – perhaps too spicy for me, although my tolerance level is pretty high. The solution: after some thought I went out and bought a second can of hominy and added some more broth. Problem solved.

Posole

Recipe created by Stephen C., The Obsessive Chef 
Printable Recipe 
2 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ lbs cubed pork (from chops or shoulder)
½ medium onion, diced
1 Anaheim pepper, seeded and diced
salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 dried pasilla pepper, seeded and pulverized in a spice grinder
2 dried red Mexican peppers, seeded and pulverized
1 & 1/2 15 oz. can hominy, white or yellow, drained and rinsed
20 oz. or more chicken stock
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried Mexican oregano

Heat the olive oil in a good-sized pot. Add the pork and stir to prevent sticking. Cook the pork, stirring often, until most of the pink has disappeared.

Add the onion and Anaheim pepper. Add salt and pepper and saute 4 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and dried peppers and stir. Saute 2 minutes.

Add hominy, thyme and oregano. Add enough chicken stock to get the consistency you want. Bring to a boil, lower heat to a slow simmer, cover the pot and simmer slowly for 1 hour.

Check the pork for tenderness and let it go longer if you think it’s necessary. Taste for seasonings and adjust as necessary.

If you can make this a day ahead, that’s a good thing. 

4 comments:

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Excellent recipe Stephen and Jenn! Posole is delicious and I don't think of it nearly enough. Hominy, added to the shopping list! :)

StephenC said...

My thanks for the opportunity to be one of your guests. Hope the vacation is going swimmingly.

Cheeseboy said...

Mm, I do like a good Pasole.

Spoon and Chopsticks said...

This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.