Posole

November 2005
Posole

by 26 people

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This dish is even better when served the next day.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Cook: 2 hrs

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, plus more for garnish
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce pureed with 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 30 ounce cans  hominy
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 medium onions, 1 finely chopped, 1 diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, stemmed, plus 2 tablespoons chopped
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 large or 2 small ripe Hass avocados, diced
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • Corn tortillas, warmed in the oven
Directions
  1. In a large, heavy saucepan or enameled cast-iron casserole, combine the pork, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and chipotle puree (to control the spiciness, start with 1 tablespoon; you can always add more later). Add the liquid from the canned hominy along with the bay leaf and enough water to just cover the meat (about 2 cups). Bring the soup to a boil and skim off any foam that comes to the surface. Reduce the heat, add the finely chopped onion and cook the soup, covered, at a low simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Add the hominy to the soup, turn the heat up a little and cook, uncovered, at moderately low heat until the pork is tender and the liquid has thickened slightly but is still soupy, about 50 minutes. (Posole is typically eaten with a spoon. If the soup becomes too thick, you can add water to recover that delicious broth.) Ten minutes before the soup is done, stir in the chopped garlic. Before serving, add the chopped cilantro.
  3. Assemble dishes of cilantro leaves, diced onion, dried oregano, sliced radishes and diced avocado; let guests garnish their own steaming bowls of posole. Serve with the lime wedges (for squeezing over the posole) and the warm tortillas on the side.
Tip
  • Dried hominy works, but canned hominy is faster and easier.
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