Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pork and Hominy Stew

A tasty twist on beef stew this pork stew uses some different peppers and hominy instead of some of the more traditional stew ingredients like potatoes, etc.  Serve with warm corn bread or spoon over steamed rice with dinner rolls. We used organic meat and veggies where available.
Ingredients

•1 Tbls plus 2 Tsp Chili Powder
•1 Tsp Sea Salt
•½ Tsp ground Black Pepper
•2 ½ Lbs. Boneless Pork (Shoulder, Butt, Roast, Boneless Spare Ribs) cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
•4 Slices, Bacon, cooked and chopped
•1 Large Sweet Onion, thinly sliced
•1 Cup Diced Ham (not smoked)
•2 Medium Carrots, peeled, chopped/sliced
•6 large garlic cloves, chopped
•2-3 Anaheim Peppers, seeded, cut into 2 x 1/4-inch strips (or sub your favorite, Jalapenos, poblano chilies,*)
•2 Cups, drained canned White Hominy (or Yellow)
•1 Cup canned Diced Tomatoes in juice
•1 Cup Beer
•1 Cup Chicken Broth (low sodium)
•1 Tsp. dried Marjoram
•¼ Cup chopped fresh Cilantro

Preparation
1.Mix 1 tablespoon chili powder, salt, and pepper in bowl. Rub spice mixture all over pork. Sauté bacon in heavy large pot over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Working in batches, add pork to drippings in pot and sauté until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes per batch. Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to bowl.
2.Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, ham, carrot, and garlic to pot; cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping up browned bits. Add chilies; stir 1 minute. Stir in hominy, tomatoes with juices, beer, broth, marjoram, pork, and remaining 2 teaspoons chili powder and bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until pork is very tender, about 1 hour. DO AHEAD Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill bacon. Cool stew slightly. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled.
3.Simmer stew uncovered until liquid is slightly reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes. Optional: Season with salt and pepper.
4.Transfer to bowl.
5.Sprinkle with reserved bacon and cilantro.
*These fresh green chilies, often called pasillas, are available at Latin American markets and also at some supermarkets.