RECIPE

Poblano-and-Mushroom Posole

It’s hard to resist this combo of spicy peppers, onions and portobello mushrooms, hominy simmered in beer, and sides of cabbage, cheese, lime wedges and tortillas.

Ingredients

  • 4 poblano chiles
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 5 medium portobello mushroom caps, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • One can hominy (15.5 ounces), rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin (about a palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (about 1/3 palmful)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bottle Mexican beer, such as Negra Modelo
  • Shredded green or red cabbage, for serving
  • Grated mild cheese, such as chihuahua, monterey jack or queso fresco, for serving
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving
  • Soft flour tortillas, charred or warmed through, for serving

Preparation

Pre-heat the broiler and char the poblanos all over until the skin is blackened, 12-15 minutes. Place in a bowl and cover to steam for about 10 minutes. Peel, seed and chop the chiles.


In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons EVOO, 3 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add the hominy, cumin and oregano and heat through; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste for 1 minute. Stir in the beer and cook until reduced, 1 minute. Stir in the poblanos.


Serve the posole in shallow bowls with the cabbage, cheese and lime wedges, and the tortillas for wrapping and eating.

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