A recipe for the New Year

I’m wrapping up 2012 and putting it to bed and looking forward to new creative adventures in 2013; in the art studio and in the kitchen. My holiday gift to you is this yummy all time favorite recipe. Invite your friends over and share some love.

GREEN POZOLE WITH CHICKEN

Active time: 1.5 hrs   Start to finish: 3 hrs

INGREDIENTS

5 cups water, reserve 1 cup

5 cups chicken broth, reserve 1 cup

1 large onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

6 garlic cloves, chopped

3 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts

1/2 cup hulled raw pumpkin seeds

1 lb tomatillos, husked

1 can diced green chiles

3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 T dried oregano

2 T vegetable oil

2 (15-oz) cans white hominy, rinsed and drained (I used 1 can)

salt to taste

Accompaniments: diced radish, cubed avocado tossed with lime juice, shredded cabbage, chopped onion, lime wedges, dried oregano, pumpkin seeds

THE RECIPE

Bring 4 cups water & 4 cups of broth, bay leaf, 1/2 of onion, 1/2 of garlic, and dash salt to a boil, covered, in a 6-quart heavy pot, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add chicken and poach at a bare simmer, uncovered, until just cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board to cool. Pour broth through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, discarding solids, and reserve. When chicken is cool enough to handle, coarsely shred with your fingers.

Meanwhile, cook pumpkin seeds in a dry small skillet over low heat, stirring occasionally, until puffed but not browned (seeds will pop as they puff), 6 to 7 minutes. Or broil in the toaster oven although be prepared to burn one batch. It always happens to me. Transfer to a bowl to cool completely, then finely grind in coffee/spice grinder or in the blender.

Simmer tomatillos and remaining onion in remaining 1 cup water in a 3-quart saucepan, covered, until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain vegetables and purée in a blender with chiles, 1/4 cup cilantro, oregano, remaining garlic, and dash salt.

Heat oil in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then add purée (use caution as it will splatter and steam). Cook, uncovered, stirring frequently, until thickened… about 10 minutes. Stir in pumpkin seeds and 1 cup reserved broth and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in hominy, chicken and 3 more cups reserved broth or water and simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes. Add more water if it’s too thick. If you forget and use all the broth and water in the beginning, don’t worry… just use water where it’s needed.  * If the number of cups of broth and water don’t add up… don’t worry about it!

Stir in remaining 1/2 cup cilantro and serve pozole in deep bowls with accompaniments.

Happy New Year!

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