Prep 30 mins
Cook 4 hrs
This is from one of my favorite chefs!! Michael Chiarello with Easy Entertaining Posted for Zaar World tour 2005
- 2 heads garlic
- extra virgin olive oil
- 3 whole ancho chilies, seeded and stemmed
- 4 lbs pork shoulder blade roast, cut into 2-inch cubes
- 2 lbs pork back ribs, cut into 2-rib portions
- gray salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 4 quarts canned white hominy, drained
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
- 2 onions, peeled and chopped
- 2 avocados, cut into chunks
- 2 lemons, cut into wedges
- 2 bunches radishes, washed and quartered
- 1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
- dried Mexican oregano
- tortilla chips or tostadas
- hot salsa
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Put the garlic onto a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle with a little olive oil. Close up the foil and roast until the garlic is soft, about 45 minutes.
- In a large skillet, heat a thin film of oil over moderate heat. Add the chiles and brown on all sides. Remove the chiles and set the skillet aside.
- Generously season the meat with salt and pepper. Reheat the same skillet over medium heat and cook the meat until well browned on all sides, about 15 minutes. Do this in batches to avoid crowding the pan, adding additional oil as needed. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and set aside. Pour off the excess fat from the pan. Deglaze the pan with about 1/2 cup water, scraping the browned bits off the bottom.
- In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a simmer and add the liquid from the skillet. Add the garlic, chiles, posole, oregano, and pepper to taste. Simmer 1 hour.
- Add the browned meat. Simmer gently, partially covered, about 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Serve the posole in soup bowls with the garnishes in individual bowls on the side.