Soup to warm your cold, cold bones
I had a special request for this recipe, since the weather has been so cold in so many places. This is from The Lost Recipe for Happiness, and it is Elena’s favorite soup:
Abuela Maria Elena’s Posole
2 cups dried posole (dried whole hominy) 2 - 3 lb boneless pork shoulder 1/2 cup mild fresh green chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded, chopped 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin 1 onion, chopped 1 -2 peeled, seeded, chopped tomatoes (about 1 cup) 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro Salt to taste
Rinse posole in cold water until water runs clear. Soak overnight.
To cook pork, put it in a heavy pan on the stove with a little water, salt and pepper, and let it cook real slow until it’s falling to pieces, about 2-3 hours. Remove the pork, leaving the fat in the pan, and brown the onions and garlic, then put the meat back in the pan, add the posole and enough water to cover it all, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, till posole pops, about 1 hour. Roast the peppers (if fresh) in a paper bag in a 400 oven for about 10 minutes , remove, cool, peel (skin slips off easily).. Add everything but the herbs and salt. Simmer, covered, 4 hours. Taste for seasoning, add salt to taste. Simmer, covered, 1 more hour. Garnish with cilantro and thin coils of pepper and finely chopped tomatoes.