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BBQ Hominy Stew

To produce hominy, corn kernels are soaked and briefly boiled in a weak lye solution in order to remove the hull, a process known as nixtamalization. The traditional intent was to extend shelf life, but the process also imparts a unique flavor. There is also a nutritional benefit, since the process makes many of the corn’s nutrients more easily accessible for the human metabolic system. Ground hominy is processed into hominy grits or into masa harina, a flour used to make tamales and corn tortillas.

These and other great recipes are from The Culinary Institute of America's cookbook, STREET FOODS.

BBQ hominy stew recipe - F

Ingredients

Makes 8 Servings

  • 8 oz poblano peppers
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 oz Spanish chorizo, cut into small dice
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into small dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lb canned hominy, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • Salt, as needed
  • Ground black pepper, as needed
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat a broiler to high. Cut the poblano peppers in half and remove the stems and seeds. Place on a baking sheet, skin-side up, and broil until charred all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and let sit for about 10 minutes to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, peel the peppers, then cut into small dice and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan or pot, cook the onions in the vegetable oil over moderate heat until very tender, about 5 minutes. Add the chorizo and render over moderate heat for 3 minutes. Add the red pepper and garlic and continue to cook until the pepper becomes tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the poblano pepper and cook for 1 minute, until tender.
  3. Add the hominy, half-and-half, and barbecue sauce, and simmer gently until the mixture resembles a stew, about 10 minutes. Adjust the seasoning as needed with salt and a generous amount of black pepper. Stir in the cilantro and lemon juice.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and bake in a 375°F oven until the stew is bubbly and the top is well browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes after baking, and serve in a bowl.

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