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    Posole Mi Casa

    Posole is a feasts day favorite among the Pueblo Indians who live in the Rio Grande Vaslley. Its special flavor and character, however, have made it a year-around favorite of all New Mexicans.

  • 1 lb posole, washed well
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 5 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 4 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 lbs cooked pork shoulder, cut in 3/4" cubes
  • 1 tsp crumbled leaf oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsps salt (more or less, to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 2/3 cups chicken broth
  • 10 oz can of whole green chiles, drained and cut into long strips
  • 1 to 3 jalapeņo peppers, minced (1 pepper makes a mild posole; 3 peppers make a torrid one)
  • Place the posole and water in a large, heavy pot; bring to a simmer, cover and cook slowly until the kernels burst and are almost tender (about 3 1/2 hours).

    When the posole is almost done, lightly brown onions and garlic in in a skillet in 2 Tablespoons of cooking oil; drain on paper towels. Add another 2 Tablespoons of cooking oil to the skillet and brown the pork cubes, a few at a time. Drain on paper towels.

    Add onion, garlic, pork and all remaining ingredients to the posole. Mix well and simmer covered for 3 more hours. Taste for salt and adjust as needed.

    Serve in large soup plates and pass a rich red chile sauce for topping, if desired. Serve with warm tortillas.
    Yield: 8-10 servings

    NOTE: There are a lot of variations on this theme. One which we like a lot involves adding red chile sauce (the kind you make with just pureed red chiles and NO tomatos) to the mixture during the last couple of hours of cooking and adjusting the amount of jalapeņos accordingly. This, of course, makes a red posole rather than the posole verde of the recipe above.

    NOTE #2: We like to make it with dried chicos (hominy) which are much more satisfactory when cooked than canned hominy which tends to be soggy. (Chicos are large corn kernels, about the size of chick peas.)
    When we are luck enough to get to Santa Fe, we general make a stop at the Wild Oats coop supermarket and buy many pounds of posole corn from their bulk bins. (It keeps very well stored in large air-tight jars in our pantry.)

    From: Simply Simpatico, A Taste of New Mexico from the Junior League of Albuquerque (1981)
    Posted By:The Old Bear
    Post Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997

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