Three Sisters’ Hominy Corn Harvest Stew

Three Sisters’ Hominy Corn Harvest Stew

This wonderful recipe is from “America The Great Cookbook”.
Lois Ellen Frank & Walter Whitewater’s recipe is located on page 440.
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Three Sisters’ Hominy Corn Harvest Stew
Makes 6–8 servings as a main course

Ingredients:
2 cups dried hominy corn (Posole) (white, blue, or red)
6 qts. water
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 green zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced ¼ inch (6 mm) thick
2 yellow squash, cut in half lengthwise and sliced ¼ inch (6 mm) thick
4 tomatoes, diced
4 dried New Mexico red chiles, stemmed, seeded, and torn into 12 pieces
2 tsp New Mexico red chile powder (mild)
2 bay leaves
4 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp azafrán (Native American saffron)
2 cups cooked tepary beans
2 tsp fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped (or 1 tsp dried Mexican oregano)
½ tsp dried Mexican oregano (optional)
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
1½ tsp kosher salt
Microgreens or sunflower sprouts, for garnish

Directions:
Soak the dried hominy (Posole) overnight in 4 cups of the water.

The following day, drain the hominy and discard the water. Place the hominy in a large pot and add the remaining 5 quarts  water. The water should cover the hominy by at least 3 inches, if it does not, add a little more water.

Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the kernels burst and are puffy and tender when tasted, 2–3 hours. Note that white corn tends to puff the most. Add more water during
cooking if needed. Drain, reserving the cooking water, and set aside. You should have about 4 cups cooking water. (You can also cook your hominy corn in a slow cooker overnight, which is my preferred method. Place the
hominy corn in the slow cooker and cover with plenty of water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and let cook overnight, 6–8 hours.)

In a separate large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, 2–3 minutes. Add the garlic, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes and sauté for another 3 minutes. Add the
hominy, red chiles, red chile powder, bay leaves, stock, hominy cooking water, and azafrán. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for 30 minutes. Add the tepary beans, oregano (if using), thyme, and salt and continue cooking for another 15 minutes.

If you prefer a smooth, thick stew, transfer the mixture to a blender, reserving 2–3 cups (480–700 ml) for garnish, and blend until smooth. Serve hot in large soup bowls, garnished with microgreens and with the reserved stew if you’ve blended the stew.

Notes:
Corn, beans, and squash are known by many native peoples as the Three Sisters and are considered to be sacred gifts from the Great Spirit. Often planted together, they help one another to grow and provide complementary nutrients when eaten together.

Tepary beans are native to the Southwest. We sometimes source ours from Ramona Farms or Native Seeds.  You can substitute pinto or black beans if desired.

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