I am definitely open to trying new things; I actually encourage everyone to at least try something before you decide “I don’t like it”. Which is a far cry from how I grew up; I had a strict rule I would not eat anything that was green; except iceberg lettuce. Thankfully I have changed my ways or life would certainly be pretty boring and I would not have a damn thing to write about.
This week I totally went out on a limb; at least for me. I have never bought tomatillos, hominy or Poblanos before. I will also confess I have never heard of hominy before until I heard Guy Fieri say he LOVED them. So I at the very least I wanted to try them. I think that is HUGE growth for me and I won’t say love just yet; but I definitely liked them.
This recipe is another with some prep up front you can let the slow cooker finish the job. If you don’t have a free night during the week than try this on the weekend!
Tomatillos 15-20 medium, husks and stems removed, rinsed well, dried and halved
1 large onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cumin
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of ground cinnamon
3 tbs vegetable oil
2 cans white or yellow hominy, drained and rinsed
2 ½ cups chicken broth
2-3 poblano chilies, stemmed, seeded, and minced
3 tbs minute tapioca – I found mine in the baking isle of my local grocery store
2 tsp sugar
2 bay leaves
1 4lb boneless pork butt roast, trimmed and cut into 1 ½ inch chunks
Salt and pepper
½ cup minced fresh cilantro
Position oven rack 6 inches from broiler, toss tomatillos, onion, garlic, cumin, cloves and cinnamon with oil and spread onto aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Broil until vegetables are blackened and begin to soften. 8-12 minutes rotating pan halfway through.
Let vegetables cool slightly, pulse vegetables along with juices in a food processor until almost smooth. About 10-15 pulses; transfer to slow cooker.
Stir hominy, broth, poblanos, tapioca, sugar, and bay leaves into slow cooker. Cover and cook until pork is tender, 9-11 hours on low or 5-7 on high.
Let chili settle for 5-10 minutes, then remove the fat from the surface, discard bay leaves, stir in cilantro, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with your favorite chili toppings. Shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa it’s all good!!!
Signing off to watch the super bowl – GO PATS!!!!