Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hominy!

Out of curiosity, I purchased two cans of hominy and they've sat in my pantry for...  well, I don't want to admit how long ;)  Hominy, it turns out, is maize (corn) that has been alkali-treated to remove the hull and germ.  When dried and ground into a flour, it is the basis of masa harina (think corn tortillas).
white hominy (Image Source)

I made two recipes, and enjoyed the different texture hominy added to the stews.  I'd throw it in every once in awhile to mix things up, but to be honest I'd probably throw some quinoa in there next time or make some cornbread ;)  They were solid recipes though, so if you're looking to try it out these would be a good place to start.

Green Chile Pork Posole

The first recipe was a Green Chile Pork Posole from Bon Appetit (recipe here).  My only change was to use a jar of tomatillo salsa instead of fresh tomatillos (couldn't find them at the store).  The second was a Turkey & Hominy Chipotle Chili from the NYTimes (found here).

Turkey & Hominy Chipotle Chili


Have you ever tried hominy?  I'm thinking Joanne has the right idea with her hominy puree, maybe I'll have to give it one more shot!

22 comments:

SSB said...

I love hominy. We used to eat it all the time as kids. Sauteed in butter. YUM. I made some recently in olive oil with some garlic and it was tasty!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Tupelo has some great hominy!

Rosiecat said...

You didn't like the hominy?!? Bummer! I love hominy, especially in soups and stews. Though recently I made an enchilada/quesadilla filling that called for, among other things, hominy and potatoes, and it was *quite* tasty.

Ah well. At least there's always cornbread, right? :-)

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

Your recipes look delicious. I have never cooked with hominy but I will now.

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

I've never cooked with hominy, but have been curious about it for a while. Both recipes sound delicious, and perfect for the lingering cold weather!

Joanne said...

I love anything corn flavored so I'm pretty sure that's why i adored the hominy so much! I'm definitely going to have to try these out though! It's so cold here that I think chili season will probably be extended by another month!

5 Star Foodie said...

I've never actually tried hominy. These dishes you made sound very delicious, I'd love to try for sure.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I love hominy. It's always a great addition to soup.

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I know nothing about hominy. So cool to learn about a totally new food. That puree sounds like a great idea.

Daisy said...

I never really knew much about Hominy. thanks for the lesson and the delicious looking recipes!

Katie said...

I want to try hominy, but I can never find it. :(

Bridget said...

I've never bought it, and couldnt tell you when I've eaten it but I'm sure I have. I feel like I've only recently been hearing about it more, and I like the sounds of it, but yeah if your not familiar with it, its hard to figure out the best way to use it. Those chili's look great!!

Erica said...

I love Hominy! Its very popular in Charleston. I use it when I make white chili= deliciousness!Hope you have a great weekend

Biz said...

I love hominy - the only thing I don't like about it is that I have yet to find a small can - they are all huge, but love the taste and texture.

Have a great weekend Shannon!

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Im actually not familiar with this at all. I might of had it before and not realized it.

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Lindsay and James Cotter said...

me too, I'm a hominy lover. I use it a lot with black eyed peas and salsa. We call it Texas caviar!
;)

Kelly said...

Very fun! I'm a sucker for buying unique ingredients that catch my eye - and then letting them sit in my pantry forever. Asian grocery stores especially suck me in, in this way as do the amish stores where they sell foodstuffs in bulk. I've gotten so many random whole grain flours that way. I think I need to challenge myself to use more of it up!

Cara said...

I've been intrigued since I saw the hominy puree on Joanne's blog! But that chili you made sounds wonderful too.

We Are Not Martha said...

That chili looks sooo good! Especially with the guac on top :) I do enjoy hominy, but I think it has to be done right!

Sues

Dani Spies said...

I've always been curious about hominy but never tried it! I actually think I would like it... I think you have just inspired me to give it a go!

Kerstin said...

You know, I've only had hominy once (at Hungry Mother) and I wasn't a big fan, but I should try cooking with it too!

Alicia said...

I've never had hominy before. The recipes look yummy!

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