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Pozole, a love story

coll Apr 15, 2012 03:07 PM

Just have to say, in all my years here, learning about pozole may be the best thing I've picked up. Made it for the second time tonight, we could eat this every night for the rest of our lives if we had to pick one thing in the whole world. Thanks to all!

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    dmjordan Apr 15, 2012 03:57 PM

    Can you give us your recipe, coll?

    Thanks!

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    1. re: dmjordan
      chefj Apr 15, 2012 05:26 PM

      Here is a link to a search.
      http://www.chow.com/search?query=Pozo...
      There are quite a few recipes contained in the posts.

      1. re: dmjordan
        coll Apr 15, 2012 06:05 PM

        Sorry! I've cobbled this together from what I've found here over time.

        POZOLE

        3 # approx bone in country ribs (others call for pig head, ears, feet etc,thought I'd take the easy way out) (cheap and yummy)

        6 cloves garlic

        small onion

        2 small cans green chile (I use Trader Joe)

        oregano; plus chili powder and cumin to taste

        quart chicken broth, with spoonful of ham base added

        29z can of hominy

        For sides:

        4 or 5 corn tortillas, cut in strips and fried

        diced avocado

        chopped iceberg

        sliced Vidalia onion or similar

        very thin sliced radish

        lime wedges

        (these may seem weird but they are perfect accompaniments, I must have all of them on the table)

        Pressure cook pork in water to cover with 4 sliced garlic cloves and some oregano 1/2 hour (or cook separately in whatever is your favorite way til shreddy).

        Cut onion and 2 other garlics in large pieces. Puree in blender with diced green chile plus 2 tsp salt.

        Shred cooked pork and use 2 cups of cooking liquid to reheat. Add all to pot with chicken broth, hominy, green chile mixture and all else, simmer 30 minutes.

        Deep fry the cut tortillas, serve with all other condiments on the side to add as desired.

        So much better than the sum of its parts.

        1. re: coll
          d
          dmjordan Apr 16, 2012 04:57 PM

          Thanks, coll! I'm going to give it a shot. I hope to fall in love with it too!

      2. EWSflash Apr 15, 2012 08:21 PM

        I admit, I make a hell of a pozole. I don't follow a recipe, but I use the same ingredients and the same technique. I had a friend who was a true gourmet, and he really liked my gringo pozole. So does everybody else, but most of them are total whiteys

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        1. re: EWSflash
          coll Apr 16, 2012 03:31 AM

          I really should buy some at a Mexican place, so I can compare. Most of the Spanish delis around here sell it for breakfast.

        2. m
          Madrid Apr 16, 2012 05:22 AM

          There is a great recipe on the Anson Mills site, and their heirloom hominy is incredible.

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          1. re: Madrid
            coll Apr 16, 2012 05:25 AM

            Thanks for the tip, will check it out. Right now I am at the canned hominy stage, but I can see moving on from there.

            1. re: coll
              rabaja Apr 16, 2012 07:08 AM

              The dried posole is easy to work with too. You just need to soak it overnight and cook it longer. Rancho Gordo has great recipes and their mail order is a little less pricy than AM -although I LOVE Anson Mills!
              Your garnishes are mostly what we do too. Green cabbage and chicharrones are nice too, along with a little queso fresco.

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                m
                Madrid Apr 16, 2012 09:06 AM

                I used the Anson Mills dried corn to make their recipe for homemade masa and then tortillas. I was revelatory.....just amazing.

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                travelerjjm Apr 22, 2012 02:37 PM

                The frozen posole is easiest. No soaking or draining -- just throw it into the slow cooker (or regular pot) with the other ingredients. Much easier than pie :)

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              joonjoon Apr 22, 2012 10:27 AM

              I love Pozole...the only problem is that when faced with a choice I will almost always go with menudo instead. :)

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              1. re: joonjoon
                chefj Apr 22, 2012 11:36 AM

                And most restaurant have both only Sat. and Sunday!

              2. paulj Apr 22, 2012 12:38 PM

                I find it curious that Mexicans don't use (whole) hominy in other dishes, or at least that, nothing else is commonly known.

                In Ecuador, mote as it is called there, can be served as a starch along with rice and/or potatoes (and yuca). It's especially popular as a side with their equivalent to carnitas (fritada).
                It is also used in a variety of soups, including a cows foot soup.

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                1. re: paulj
                  coll Apr 22, 2012 01:18 PM

                  I just saw it in the frozen section at the grocery store, Goya probably, I was tempted to try it but just bought a #10 can the other day! I love it but don't want to go too crazy right off the bat.

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                    travelerjjm Apr 22, 2012 02:58 PM

                    Oh but they do! Tamales and corn tortillas are made from nixtamalized corn, which is what posole is (in fact the bags here call it that). Hominy is the Americanization of the native North American Indian word, while posole or pozole is the Nahuatl word) It the nixtamalization that releases the vitamins in corn. (And, no, it is not sweet corn it is "field corn" that is nixtamilized.) You can do the process yourself if you want.

                    Here is a link to a video showing how corn is nixtamailzed and turned into tortillas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcan7L... It is from the CIA.

                    Some people here in New Mexico make a dish similar to posole called 'chicos'. Chicos are dried or smoke-roasted corn that is not nixtamulized: the flavor is quite different, especially when the chicos are dried in a horno to get the smoky flavor.

                    1. re: travelerjjm
                      paulj Apr 22, 2012 03:32 PM

                      I added 'whole' to my question to distinguish this use from the ground form (masa).

                      Curiously in the Andes, whole hominy is widely used (as well as other forms of corn), but tortillas are not made. They also make something like tameles, but with a fresher corn (at least Ecuadorian humitas are).

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                        travelerjjm Apr 22, 2012 03:42 PM

                        I have only seen it in soups in Latin American cooking. Interestingly, I had only heard of hominy in grits in non-Southwestern cooking until I was in college or so. As a child in Missouri and Colorado, I never saw whole hominy. And while I have heard of it casseroles, I have never actually seen it outside Latin American cooking. What do people make with whole hominy in "American" cooking?

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                          porker Apr 22, 2012 04:20 PM

                          Native Americans use hominy in a similar fashion simply called "corn soup". Usually pork based (like pozole) with pigs feet and turnip, kidney beans, and hominy.

                          Canned hominy sauteed in butter w/ salt&pepper for breakfast - yum.

                          1. re: travelerjjm
                            paulj Apr 22, 2012 06:07 PM

                            Considering the size of cans of Juanita and Teasdale hominy I find in Mexican groceries, someone must be using it for more than special weekend pozole.

                    2. Foodandwine Apr 22, 2012 04:42 PM

                      Hi there, this is the Real Deal. We dont even have it this good in Los Angeles. Enjoy the short You Tube..
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVtaM7...

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                      1. re: Foodandwine
                        porker Apr 22, 2012 04:50 PM

                        Likey.
                        Just showed Mrs. Porker and she said her mouthy is watering...

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