Posole

Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cathy Muir
Mexican cooks spend two days preparing the hominy by pounding and soaking white-corn kernels. We opted for canned hominy in this earthy stew.

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: 1 2/3 cups posole and 1 tortilla)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 551
Caloriesfromfat 37 %
Fat 22.6 g
Satfat 7.8 g
Monofat 9.4 g
Polyfat 4 g
Protein 46.4 g
Carbohydrate 44.7 g
Fiber 3.6 g
Cholesterol 134 mg
Iron 4.7 mg
Sodium 667 mg
Calcium 230 mg

Ingredients

1 pound pork spareribs
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
11 cups water, divided
Cooking spray
1 (3 1/2-pound) chicken
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 bay leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups torn kale (about 1 bunch)
2 (15.5-ounce) cans golden hominy or canned whole-kernel corn
6 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
6 tablespoons chopped onion
1 lime, cut into 6 pieces
6 (6-inch) corn tortillas
Crushed red pepper (optional)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Trim fat from pork; sprinkle pork with black pepper. Pour 1 cup water into a shallow roasting pan. Place pork on a rack coated with cooking spray; place rack in pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tender. Remove pork from bones; reserve bones. Shred meat into bite-size pieces. Discard drippings.

Combine 10 cups water, chicken, 1 cup onion, salt, bay leaves, and garlic in a stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 1 hour. Remove from heat. Remove chicken from broth. Place chicken in a bowl; cool 15 minutes. Strain broth through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Remove chicken from bones; discard skin and reserve bones. Shred meat into bite-size pieces. Return broth, pork bones, and chicken bones to pan. Bring to a boil; cook until stock is reduced to 6 cups (about 20 minutes). Strain stock through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Place a large zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-quart glass measure. Pour broth into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain broth into pan; stop before fat layer reaches opening. Discard fat. Add pork, chicken, kale, and hominy; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes.

Ladle posole into each of 6 bowls. Top each with 1 tablespoon oregano, 1 tablespoon onion, and 1 lime piece. Serve with warm tortillas, and sprinkle with crushed red pepper, if desired.

Note:

April 1998