Just before the Corona virus madness, the plan was to do a series of Mexican classes in my cooking classes at St. Helena's. Hopefully, we will resume in the spring, but until then, I am going to discuss some Mexican recipes.
Yesterday, I made a Three Sisters Posole, but a kind of derivative of the recipe on Nutrition studies. I can never stop improvising, improving (and sometimes making it worse, but learning all the time).
The recipe for Three Sisters Posole
So here goes with the revised instructions, but I will include the links to the original. One problem I ran into, my local Mexican grocery did not have blue corn posole, so instead I used Hominy, which is Nixtamalized Corn. Chang Li Market has hominy from the Mama Tere brand. You can get Blue Corn Posole on Amazon. I'll try that next time.
- 2 cups dried blue corn posole, or hominy
- 1 cup tepary beans, or any kind of small beans
- Optional: you can add some summer Savory to the beans while cooking them
- 1 cup barley (optional)
- 2 medium zucchini
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 tsp Mexican Oregano
- 1 Tbsp ground red chile
- 8 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp arrowroot
- 1 bunch of scallions
- 1 lime
- Sea Salt to taste
- Cook posole for 2 hours until tender - or shorter if using a pressure cooker. (Hominy in Instant Pot for 15-20 mins on High pressure)
- Cook the beans separately 1.5-2 hours until tender (Instant Pot for 7 mmins or so).
- In a large pot, add the minced garlic, chopped onion, zucchini, oregano,, ground chile, and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil.
- Add the cooked posole and beans as well as the barley, if you are using it.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to come together.
- Turn off the heat. Dissolve the 2 tbsp of arrowroot into the soup last and mix in well to thicken the soup.
- Add Seasalt to taste
- Serve with warm tortillas, wild onions, or scallions. and a squeeze of lemon or lime.
For the most part, you can play a lot with the level of spiciness, and also bear in mind that adding the arrowroot makes it thicker, but also milder.