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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Posole de la Gringa - or - White Girl's Hominy Stew

Since I grew up in West Texas and my grandparents lived in New Mexico I grew up hearing about posole. It held a fascination for me because it was said to have pigs feet in it. Not that I wanted to try it! In fact with there being a possibility that it might contain pigs feet, I had no interest in tasting it. Ever.

I am not very picky but I draw the line at cole slaw and pigs feet.


Tonight I made a variation of Posole (poe-soe-lay) and my family loved it. I didn't tell them about the pigs feet though. Not that I used pigs feet. Ewww.

So here is what I did:

I had a rack of pork ribs that I had gotten on quick sale and then sat in the freezer for a few months because I couldn't figure out what to do with them. I took them out and put them in the crockpot and decided I would do soup. Isn't that what ribs say to you?

In retrospect, I should have trimmed some of the fat off but I didn't.

They cooked a few hours until the meat was falling off the bone and I took the meat out and cut it into bite-size pieces and put it back into the slowcooker along with a 32 ounce can of diced tomatoes and a large can of hominy.

I then added about a 1/2 teaspoon of habanero seasoning, two teaspoons of garlic powder, a teaspoon of thyme, oregano and salt, half a small can of tomato paste. I then decided it needed something to perk it up so I went with 5-6 dashes of Louisiana hot sauce and one long squeeze of ketchup. My son and I are wimps when it comes to spices so we could taste the heat but it wasn't uncomfortable. If you like it hotter, you could add more hot sauce and less ketchup. Then to thicken the broth I mixed a tablespoon of cornstarch and 1/3 cup of cold water and let that cook in.

My daughter LOVED it, she said she wanted to keep eating because it tasted so good but she was full. My son gave it a thumbs up and considering he almost always finds something to complain about its good but I wish you hadn't added onions he must have loved it. My husband was most surprised of all. This is not my usual cooking style, I have never added hot sauce or ketchup to any soup unless the recipe called for it. He loved it and told me to write down what I did so I could do it again.

As for me, it reminded me of visits to New Mexico and so I really enjoyed it.

As usual, I didn't measure so all measurements are approxomate, taste and add more if you want.

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