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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Black Bean & Mexican Hominy Stew


This hot and hearty stew with black beans, Mexican Hominy, poblanos, and dinosaur kale really hit the spot. After reading about Mexican Hominy in my brand new Dona Tomas cookbook and then seeing it in my new favorite Safeway, I made my purchase. I have to admit, I've never had hominy before, which is too bad, because it's very tasty.

Hominy, in case you're as ignorant as I was, is "dried white or yellow corn kernels from which the hull and germ have been removed. This process is done either mechanically or chemically by soaking the corn in slaked lime or lye.....When ground, it's called hominy grits." (source: The New Food Lover's Companion by Sharon Tyler Herbst). Umm..."slaked lime"..yeah, like I know what that is?

As, for my own weird personal reasons, this week I'm embracing my inner dummy (who's never had hominy, grits, or has any idea what slaked lime might be), here's what I've discovered. Slaked lime is good ol' Calcium Hydroxide, "created when calcium oxide (lime or quicklime) is slaked with water....in Latin American cooking calcium hydroxide is called "cal." Corn cooked with cal becomes nixtamal, which is considered tastier and easier to digest."(Source: Wikipedia) Yeah...Ok...but "slaked"? Just a word that means "to combine lime with water or moist air."(Source: Dictionary.com).

Anyway, let's get to the taste point. Mexican Hominy is like a large, puffed corn kernel, that tastes a lot like a corn tortilla, and seems like it will grow up to be a piece of very dense popcorn. It's traditionally used in a soup called Pozole (along with pork, which, needless to say, won't be needed in this recipe). I have no idea what I'll use it for in the future, but in this stew, it held the place of rice or potatoes. If you haven't tried it yet, I suggest you check it out. Got a great vegetarian recipe using Mexican Hominy? Please leave it in the comments or email me!

Black Bean & Mexican Hominy Stew:

1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 poblano chile, seeded, ribbed, and finely chopped
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup Pace salsa
15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
10 oz Mexican Hominy
2 tbsp chopped jarred jalapenos
1 bunch dinosaur kale, stemmed and torn into 2" strips
1 Field Roast Chipotle Sausage
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped

Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook the onion over low heat for 5 minutes. Add the chopped poblano chile and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, salsa, black beans, hominy, jalapenos, and dinosaur kale and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Slice the sausage and fry in a tsp of olive oil until browned.

Add the sausage and chopped cilantro to the stew and serve.

8 Comments:

Blogger Johanna3 said...

looks very good!

2:18 AM  
Blogger Asha said...

What a co-incidence!!Look what I have with Black beans!!:)) Sounds and looks so good.I love Black beans although dish becomes all dark and not that good looking!I love the taste.Enjoy!

5:38 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

i have never used hominy before but i will most certainly look fwd to trying it!

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Marieke said...

Hi Catherine,

You learn something new every day. I have this cookbook called 'Food of the Americas' with native American recipes. It's great to read but a lot of the ingredients I've never heard of let alone finding them here in Holland. One ingredient at the time..I will look for hominy over here

Greetings,

Marieke

1:49 PM  
Blogger bazu said...

I have just discovered your blog and am loving it! Last night I tried your sweet potato/black bean stew (from a while back) and it was so delicious. Thanks- and I'll be back!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Pebbles said...

What a great meal for these chilly days. And, I love that I learn news things when I read your blog. This learner thanks you!

9:07 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Asha - the secret is to rinse the beans!

Thanks so much for your supportive comments. I can't tell you how much these make my day!

9:36 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

I've only had hominy in posole, which is a soup/stew of the American Southwest. I'll unearth one of my recipes for that, now that you're a hominy lover!

1:11 PM  

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