Mexico’s Bicentennial Celebration will take place at midnight on September 15, 2010. Contrary to what most people “know” about this historical event, this date is not the actual anniversary of the Mexican Independence from Spain, (which did not happen officially until 1821), but the celebration of the beginning of the rebellion against the corrupt, cruel and decadent Spanish colonial system.
Anyway, I know you didn’t stop here looking to know about our Mexican history and heritage, but to find out how to make the famous and delicious soup/stew called Pozole, which is just what I had in mind to celebrate the Bicentenario.
How to Make Red Pozole
- Heat water. Add pork meat, spare ribs, onion, and garlic. Season with salt when meat is almost done. While cooking, skim top layer of foam and fat from the pot using a ladle.
- Remove pork from broth. Trim excess fat, and remove meat from bones.
- Now for the sauce, soak the ancho and guajillo peppers in water
- Using a blender process the peppers, garlic cloves, onion, and oregano.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the dry peppers puree and salt to taste. simmer, about 25 minutes.
- Using a strainer, add the sauce to the broth. Bring to a boil and add the meat. Stir in white hominy, and season with salt and pepper.
Nothing more Mexican than a Pozole! This recipe is for a red pozole, even though in Mexico we also have white (without the red sauce) and green pozole adding Salsa Verde. And yes, you can use chicken instead of pork for the soup if you prefer.
- 4 quarts of water
- 2 pounds cubed pork shoulder
- 1 pound pork spare ribs or baby back ribs
- 1 white onion cut in quarts
- 8 large garlic cloves
- Salt to taste
- 3 cans (15 ounces each) white hominy, drained and rinsed
- 1 head of lettuce finely shredded
- 1 1/2 cup onions finely chopped
- Ground chile piquín to taste
- 1 1/2 cup radishes sliced
- Mexican oregano
- Deep fried corn tortillas tostadas
- Limes cut in wedges
- Optional: avocado chopped
Heat water in a large stock pot. Add pork meat, spare ribs, onion, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and let simmer, partially covered for 2 and half hours or until meat is tender and falling off the bone. Season with salt when meat is almost done. While cooking, skim top layer of foam and fat from the pot using a ladle. If necessary, add warm water to maintain the same level of broth in the pot.
Remove pork from broth; reserve broth. Trim excess fat, and remove meat from bones; discard bones, onion, and garlic from the broth. Shred meat, and cover.
Now for the sauce, soak the ancho and guajillo peppers in water just enough to cover for 25-30 minutes until soft.
Using a blender or food processor blend peppers, garlic cloves, onion, and oregano, adding some of the water in which they were soaking. Puree mixture until smooth.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the dry pepper puree and salt to taste, stirring constantly as it splatters. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, about 25 minutes.
Using a strainer, add the sauce to the broth. Bring to a boil and add the meat, and simmer gently, for about 10 minutes. Stir in white hominy, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer until heated through.
Serve Pozole in large Mexican soup bowls and place garnishes on the side as shown above.
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