Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday's Soup/Roasted Poblano and Tomatillo Pozole

Earlier this week, I fell down the stairs. Just one of those crazy things, not watching what I was doing, slipped and down I went. I didn't break any bones, but I managed to bang myself up pretty good. As I was falling, I grabbed hold of the railing, broke my fall, but did enough damage to my shoulder that I've had a very difficult time lifting my arm. Although I'm still hurting, I'm doing better, so I'm happy :)
As you all know, I LOVE a good bowl of soup. It just seems to nourish my soul, especially when I'm not feeling my best. I also love Mexican food and anything with a little spice. My husband brought home a roasted poblano pepper soup that he purchased at the grocery store. It was good, but I thought, "I think I can do better." After a little search, I found THIS recipe from Rachel Ray. She calls her soup Poblano Posole. The reviews were rather interesting. a few thought it was far too spicy, and some played with it a bit. I played with it a bit!
Below is a list of ingredients with my changes in red.

2 large or 3 medium poblano peppers, I used 3 peppers

2 ears corn or 1 cup frozen organic corn kernels, I eliminated the corn.

Natural cooking spray, did not use

6 to 8 medium tomatillos, peeled and halved, I used 6 large tomatillos

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 red onion, cut into wedges

1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, I used 2 teaspoons

4 cloves garlic

4 cups vegetable stock, I used only 2 cups

1 lime, juiced, did not add during cooking but served on the side

Handful fresh cilantro, chopped

One 28- to 32-ounce can hominy, drained

Two 14.5 oz cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes

Other than the changes that you see in red, I followed the recipe exactly. I loved roasting everything in the oven!
The tomatillos look like baked green apples. When I pureed the tomatillos, I also added the juice that had been expressed while roasting.
The onions and garlic were so aromatic. 
Once everything is pureed, the soup is a beautiful green. 
Then I added the tomatoes and the soup took on a bit of a brown color. 
The finished product. I did not serve the pozole with sliced radishes, just chopped green onions and avocado. If you like, a little shredded chihuahua cheese would make a lovely addition.   
I did not find the recipe to be overly spicy, by any means. In fact, I added little chopped fresh jalpeno to my bowl just to spice it up a bit. 
If you give it a try, I hope it warms your soul as much as it did mine :) You can find the recipe HERE with a nice printable version.

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    1. I'm so happy that you saw the recipe as this was especially for as I know how much you enjoy tomatillos. My husband things it is more of a chili. Whatever, it's quite good. Now this wouldn't be the healthiest addition, but some corn chips would be the perfect accompaniment.

  2. Sorry to hear about your fall. Glad you are ok and I hope your shoulder feels better soon.
    I'll save this recipe for summer when the tomatillos are growing. I planted 3 plants years ago and now they come back wild every year.

    1. Thanks Ginger. I had no idea that the plants would come back year after year. I might give them a try in my garden.

    2. I don't think they are necessarily supposed to come back year after year. But they do. We plow up our garden and they still come back. In fact the garden sat unused for a few years and they still came back. They remind me of the time I accidentally let mint get wild in my herb garden. If you were closer I would pull some plants and give them to you. I originally ordered mine (and some hot peppers too) from http://www.thechilewoman.com/

  3. Sorry to hear about your fall :-(
    This soup/chili looks perfect for the cold weather we are having!

  4. Soup is a brilliant way to get over feeling nasty, I'm sorry to hear about your fall. I hope the soups make you feel better soon.

  5. Soup is great medicine for many ills, and this one looks warming and tasty. I hope you are feeling better now. It is so easy to fall as you described - I am very glad that you weren't more badly hurt.

  6. Take care of your shoulder! You don't realize how much you need it until you can't use it!
    Great recipe for tomatillos - I love them and I'm going to try to grow them again this year.

  7. Thank goodness you didn't break any bones (or worse)! I have never heard of a poblano pepper or tomatillos. Definitely not ingredients I could source here in Australia. We don't have much Mexican food here. More European and Asian based.

    1. Maybe I could send a tiny package of seeds??? Let me know :)