Thursday, August 2, 2018


Throw Back Thursday... I've got an old one for you. A father tomato, a mother tomato and their toddler tomato are out for a walk one Sunday. The park is very busy that day. The mother tomato is trying to to keep an eye on the young one and reminding him he is going to get separated if he continually stops  to pick things up. He keeps lagging farther and farther behind. The father tomato is becoming more and more impatient and is tired of his child not listening. He has had it so he turns around walks back  and stomps his foot on top of his child and yells : " Ketchup." ( Catch up) 

Sorry, I know that was bad, but this is what's going to happen to the tomatillos ( small green tomatoes) used in this Mexican stew/soup recipe I'm sharing today. They are going to get smashed up to make a salsa otherwise known as Ketchup by using a blender. This is one of my most favorite soups, Pozole Verde. I inherited some beautiful tomatillos this week from FB friend Paul who lives down the road a piece.He could say he has a million of them, tomatillos that is and probably jokes too... I promised to share this recipe from Food and Wine's January 30th, 2018 issue. Now you too can enjoy it.

"There are many variations on pozole, a traditional hominy-based Mexican stew closely associated with the Pacific-coast state of Guerrero. Anya von Bremzen's version, a green pozole, derives much of its flavor from tangy ingredients like tomatillos, cilantro and green chiles."  
Step 1    
In large, enameled cast-iron casserole, bring chicken stock and water to a boil. Add chicken breasts, skin side down, cover and simmer over very low heat until tender and cooked through, about 25 minutes. Transfer chicken breasts to plate and shred  meat; discard bones and skin. Skim fat from cooking liquid and reserve.
Step 2    
In a blender, combine halved tomatillos with quartered onion, poblanos and jalapeƱos, smashed garlic, chopped cilantro and oregano. Pulse until coarsely chopped, scraping down the side. With the machine on, add 1 c of the cooking liquid and puree until smooth. Season tomatillo puree with salt and pepper.
Step 3    
In lg deep skillet, heat vegetable oil until shimmering. Add tomatillo puree and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce turns a deep green, about 12 minutes.
Step 4    
Pour green sauce into cooking liquid in  casserole. Add hominy and bring to simmer over moderate heat. Add shredded chicken to stew, season with salt and pepper and cook just until heated through. Serve the pozole in deep bowls, passing the lettuce, radishes, onion, avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips and lime wedges at the table.

Make Ahead

The pozole verde can be prepared through Step 3 and refrigerated, covered, overnight.

Suggested Pairing

Because the dominant flavors are lightly spicy and tart, a rich but unoaked white wine will pair well; consider a smooth Alsace Pinot Gris.

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