Sunday, December 7, 2008

Chile de Arbol

Making Chile de Arbol, whoa hot.

Turned out a bit too runny.

Making Pozole Verde con Pollo

Pozole Verde con Pollo (Chicken Pozole Verde)
This recipe is based on a recipe by Anya von Bremzen. You can use canned pozole but for best flavor buy prepared, dried pozole.

Servings: 6-8
7 cups reduced salt chicken stock
2 cups water
4 chicken breast halves with bone and skin
1 pound fresh tomatillos, husks removed, sliced in half
1 small white onion, quartered
2 poblano chiles, seeded and cut into quarters
2 serano chiles, seeded and quartered
4 large garlic cloves, peeled and flattened
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano
3 - 15oz cans hominy OR 1 1/2lbs prepared dried pozole**

To Use Dried Pozole
f you are using dried pozole then soak the pozole overnight then rinse. Place the pozole in a pot of water and add 1 teaspoon of salt and simmer for about 3 hours. Drain and use in place of the canned pozole.

Finely shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, chopped onion, diced avocados, crema (or sour cream) lime wedges and tortilla chips.

Place water, chicken stock, a couple garlic cloves minced, as well as 1/4 white onion in a large enameled cast iron casserole and bring to a boil. Add chicken breasts skin side down, cover and simmer over low heat until cooked through but still tender about 25 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and shred the meat; discard skin and bones. Skim fat from cooking liquid and reserve the liquid.

In a blender combine tomatillos, onion, poblano and jalapeno chiles, garlic, cilantro and Mexican oregano. Pulse until coarsely chopped scraping down the sides. With machine running add 1 cup of the reserved cooking liquid and puree until smooth. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a large deep, heavy skillet. Add the tomatillo puree and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until the sauce turns deep green; about 12 minutes.

Pour the sauce into the cooking liquid in the casserole. Add the hominy (pozole) and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Add the shredded chicken to the stew, season with salt and pepper and cooked just until heated through. Serve the pozole in deep bowls. Pass garnishes.

Salsa De Chile De Arbol II

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This was Diana Kennedy's recipe

which was
9 Chiles de arbol.
1.5 cups of tomate verde, cooked
.5 cup of water
salt to taste
1 garlic clove

I found that her recipes really tend to be on the hot side, so I doubled the number tomatoes and used one large garlic clove. Still quite on the spicy side. You can see I blended the salsa a bit too much, and a bit more texture would have been nice. Tuff when you doubled the number of tomatoes that go into a blender though.