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posole recipe

Date:    Wed, 02 Nov 94 15:51:24 CST
 From:    MARTHA KUNKEL (cemk@odessa.edu)
 Yet another appropriate Thanksgiving dish is Posole, which is 
 indigenous to the Native American southwest.  Posole is really considered 
 most traditional around Christmastime and is always served New Year's Eve 
 and/or New Year's Day for good luck.  However, Pueblo peoples have made 
 posole for generations and it is a staple winter dish.  I have adapted it 
 for vegan use.  Please adjust everything to taste; my tastes are for more 
 spice and chiles than most folks would care for, so I add more of almost 
 everything.  Also:  the fresher ingredients will make an amazing 
 difference in the taste of the posole, so if possible, prepare your own 
 vegetable stock, roast your own fresh Anaheim or New Mexico chiles, and 
 buy flash frozen posole (also spelled pozole) corn in the store, rather 
 than using canned.  
 2 large cans of hominy
 3 or 4 cans of vegetable broth or stock
 2 or 3 green chiles (roasted and peeled)
 	(if using fresh, it will be hotter.  If using canned, throw the 
 juice in as well, and just be sure to check the peppers for bits of peel 
 still stuck to the skin)
 1 large 1015 onion, diced
 3 or 4 large carrots, diced
 3 or 4 stalks of celery, diced
 Salt and pepper to taste
 1/2 tsp each oregano, garlic, cumin
 1 tbsp chile powder
 fresh cilantro, minced, 2 tbsp
 Saute the onions and celery until the onion is transparent.  This can be 
 done with water and veggie stock or with spray-type coatings.  Dump 
 everything else in and bring to a low boil.  Simmer until you like the 
 texture.  The hominy should be really soft, almost to the 
 break-up-and-really-form-a-thick-stew stage.  
 I serve posole with cornbread and a crisp green salad.  If you wish to 
 add any animal protein, the original recipes call for pork or ham.  I 
 have found that chunks of turkey work wonderfully with this recipe.  
 Please consider your tolerance for spices.  The heat will come from the 
 green chiles and the chile powder, as well as the black pepper.  Finally, 
 if you want a little more color in the stew, you could throw in some 
 kernel corn.  Hope you enjoy.
 kwvegan vegan