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Posole Stew

Posole Stew
Posole Stew
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Editor's Note: Posole, sometimes written as pozole, is a traditional Mexican soup recipe that uses hominy, meat, spices, and other ingredients to form a hearty stew. This posole recipe uses pork, lamb, and sausage for a variety of meaty flavors that make this Mexican stew a family favorite. This posole soup is hearty and rich and stands alone as a main course. Posole is usually served on special occasions such as holidays and birthdays, but there's no reason you can't cook this mid-week and have a little celebration!

Serves8 to 10

Cooking MethodStewing

CostModerate

Total Timehalf-day

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe CourseMain Course

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealDinner

Taste and TextureMeaty, Rich, Savory

Ingredients

  • 3 thick slices slab bacon
  • ¾ pound pork shoulder or neck, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • ¾ pound lamb shoulder or neck, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and freshly milled pepper
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 to 4 quarts chicken stock, as needed
  • 2 pounds dried posole
  • 10 fresh green chile peppers-seeded, deveined, and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 pinches saffron threads
  • ¾ pound linguica sausage
  • ¾ pound chorizo or Italian sweet sausage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

Instructions

  1. In a heavy skillet, render the bacon. Drain on paper towels when crisp.

  2. Season the pork and lamb with salt and pepper. Brown the meat in the bacon fat over moderately high heat, cover and refrigerate.

  3. Add the onions and garlic to the bacon fat and sauté until translucent, set aside. Add ½ cup of the chicken stock to the skillet and deglaze the pan, scraping up the brown bits that cling to the bottom. Pour the liquid into a large kettle. Add about 3 quarts of the chicken stock, the posole, green chiles, oregano, saffron, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring from time to time and adding more chicken stock or water as needed. Add the pork and lamb, and continue to cook for 1 to 1½ hours, until the posole is tender.

  4. Twenty minutes before the posole is ready to serve, prepare the sausages. Poach the linguica in a pot of simmering water for 15 minutes. In a medium skillet filled with ¼-inch of water, cook the chorizo over moderately high heat until the water evaporates and the sausages brown.

  5. Place the posole in a heated crock or bowl. Arrange the sausages in the posole. Dust with the chopped cilantro or parsley and serve.

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Pozole is a nostalgic favorite of mine from when I lived in Phoenix, AZ for ten year. I was a bilingual teacher and attended a few of my kindergarten students' birthday parties. It was a time when teachers still made home visits! I was introduced some real authentic Mexican cooking and pozole was delicious! It's not something you see at most Americanized Mexican restaurants. There's white and yellow hominy, which are both good, but I've only seen the white used in pozole. The broth is made using fresh not canned chilis, like this recipes and is key!

I have eaten this dish on the Yucatan Penninsula on the side of the road being served by dirt farmers who could barely afford the chilis to spice it. I'm telling you Christopher needs a trip to Mexico. Those folks don't use that much meat and chorizo sausage is allll they have maybe bacon and maybe a chunk of pork, but SAFRON noooooot. A stew made from left over thats the literal translation.

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