Brought to you from Dad’s kitchen in Socorro, New Mexico! I conjured this posole recipe after watching my father-in-law, Bill Stone, make it one Christmas. I pestered him all the way through to estimate the handfuls of deliciousness he was throwing in! Thanks, Papa Stone, for introducing me to a Winter tradition!
One of my favorite things about David is that he brings the southwest into my family. 🙂 We like luminarias on our doorstep and pounds of green chile in our freezer. Navajo rugs. Kokopelli. The proper way to make an adobe gingerbread house is with oreo tires on the roof and red hot ristras round the door. And no holiday season is complete without a giant pot of warm posole, loaded with chicken, pork, hominy, and green chile.
Despite the fact that Socorro, New Mexico is in the middle of nowhere, has less than 9,000 people, and now lacks what I would call a REAL grocery store… I love it, there. I always look forward to going back for a visit. Papa Stone’s house is on the edge of town, where there is plenty of open space to take the dogs for a walk. (50 bucks says we’re pulling cactus spines out of Darwin the first time he goes with us.) I love the star-gazing. I love the dry air. I love the chicken clucks you can hear in the backyard. I love that their house is truly indoor-outdoor… with no less than three dogs and two cats and less welcome visitors coming and going as they please. (No joke–eating in the middle of dinner last year and we suddenly realized there was a quail staked out in the corner.)
When we couldn’t make it back for Christmas this year, I wanted to do anything that would remind David of home. So posole happened. 🙂 I love this recipe because it makes for an easy day–just throw everything in and let it go. We do ours with pork and chicken, but you could easily do one or the other. It really is better if you can use roasted green chile. (If you don’t have your own, most grocery stores sell frozen roasted green chile or 505 brand has a jar of it.) But most importantly . . . don’t forget the quesadilla for dunking!!