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Green pozole a worthy pick for Cinco de Mayo


    Green pozole, a dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton.

Cinco de Mayo happens to coincide with the start of the season for fresh tomatillos.

Pozole, a traditional, stew-y Mexican soup — based on a tomatillo salsa — is the perfect dish for the occasion.

Tomatillos — small, round fruits that look like green tomatoes ­— have a unique, somewhat lemony, taste. They’re a key ingredient in Mexican green salsa, and very easy to work with. Peel off the papery husk, give them a rinse and they’re ready to go.

As for the pozole, there are many types — red, green, white, chicken, beef and pork — but what they all have in common is hominy, a starchy corn.

Hominy can be eaten whole (as in this recipe), coarsely ground to make grits or finely ground to make masa for tortillas or tamales.


By Sara Moulton

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups shredded or cubed rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (30-ounce) can hominy, rinsed and drained
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, lime wedges and chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • >> Salsa:
  • 8 ounces fresh tomatillos, husked, rinsed and quartered (or cut into sixths, if large)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed cilantro, leaves and stems
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped serrano chilies (with ribs and seeds)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

>> To make salsa: In a food processor combine all ingredients and pulse until nearly smooth.

In a large saucepan, cook onion in oil over medium heat until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add salsa, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

Add broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, 10 minutes.

Add chicken, hominy and salt; cook until just heated through. Serve with garnishes on side. Serves 4.

Approximate nutritional information, per serving: 536 calories, 17 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 157 mg cholesterol, 1,042 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber; 4 g sugar, 62 g protein.

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