Tuesday, September 1, 2020

30 Days of Beans in September: Great North Beans

 Great Northern beans are white and mild.  The beans are a little larger than navy beans.  They can be added to lots of different recipes or to use as a substitute for other beans you may not have for the recipe.  To start off the month, I decided to make a recipe I really like, but just add two cans of beans to it.  It tasted great as usual, but with some extra nutrition.  This is a good way to get your family to eat more beans, just by adding them to recipes they like already or ones that have a lot of spice or flavor so they don't notice them.  If you have unexpected guests, you could easily add a couple of cans of beans to a soup and you are set.  No stress.  It is a very easy solution.  


Pozole is a Mexican soup.  If you like cilantro, you would love this recipe.  If you aren't a cilantro fan, I would skip the recipe.  But, check back...there are lots more ideas and recipes coming this month to cook with beans.  


Green Pozole


3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1 inch cubes (I used chicken)

2 cups minced white onion

1 tsp Mexican oregano

2 large garlic cloves, minced

2 29oz cans hominy, drained and rinsed

6-7 medium tomatillos, husks removed, rinsed and quartered

2 serrano chiles (seeded and deveined for less heat)

1 c chopped cilantro

 

Saute pork until pieces are browned. Remove pork to a plate. Pour off all but 1 T fat. Saute onions till limp then add oregano and garlic and cook till fragrant. Return pork to pot and cover with water by 2 inches (about 7 cups) and bring to a boil. Cover; reduce the heat and simmer until the pork is tender, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Add the hominy and cover and simmer for 15 minutes. In a blender combine tomatillos, chiles, cilantrros and ½ cup water. Blend until smooth. In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, heat 1 T reserved pork fat. Add blended mixture and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the sauce to the pork mixture and stir well. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with radishes, lettuce, oregano, and lime wedges.



"My mom won't support my dreams of being a bean farmer.

I just wish she would let me work in peas."

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