Posole Verde

Posole is a comforting Mexican soup with shredded pork and hominy (hulled corn kernels). The hominy is the backbone of this posole soup (pronounced pho-soh-lay), which can easily be made vegetarian by using vegetable stock and omitting the pork. Either way, it's best garnished with lots of cilantro, cheese, and lime and served with warm flour tortillas.

This is one of those rare recipes, surprising in its flavors and beautiful in its simplicity. It simmers for hours in the oven which makes it a perfect meal to cook on a Sunday afternoon. If you have never worked with tomatillos, you will enjoy the tart and bright flavor they bring to the party. Choose small ones at the grocery store and wash in the sink to remove the sticky residue after you peel back the husk.

Ingredients for the stew

3-4 pounds of pork shoulder roast or another bone in pork cut