Wednesday, May 10, 2006

An Unusual Chili

I've heard about hominy but never seen it before. Yesterday, after stumbling on huge cans for $1.00, I decided to give it a try. Using the Hominy & Red Bean Chili recipe from 125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson as a guide, I concocted last night's dinner.

Despite the source of the original recipe, I didn't use the slow cooker. I actually used the pressure cooker. Since I was pressed for time, I opted to use black eyed peas which take only 6-8 minutes in a pressure cooker on high. Unsoaked red beans can take up to 30 minutes to cook and I didn't have that much time to spare.

Place the following into your pressure cooker:
1 Tbs olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
6 large carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced

Let these cook over med high heat, stirring constantly for about 1 minute. Add:
3 cups dried black eyed peas
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp celery seeds
1 tsp cumin
dash of allspice
1 can jalapeno wheels (optional)
6 cups water

If using a pressure cooker, lock your lid in place and bring to high pressure for 8 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. If using regular pot, cover and cook until beans are tender. Add:

1 large can hominy, rinsed and drained
1 jar of mild salsa (chopped tomatoes would work if you wanted a less spicy dish)
1 cup whole wheat couscous (The purpose of the couscous was to absorb the excess liquid in the dish. You may need to use more or less depending on how soupy you want this to be.)

Let this heat through and allow the couscous to absorb the liquid, about 2 minutes. Serve and enjoy! This was a big hit. The hominy added an unusual, chewy texture that was really appealing.


Kali said...

Is a pressure cooker really worth the initial investment? I would like to get one but I'm not really sure if it would be worthwhile. I would love your input!

Katie said...

I think the pressure cooker is a great investment in the long run. I use it at times when I need to get something on the table quickly but don't want to go the takeout route, which is fairly often. When you use a pressure cooker that way, it pays for itself very quickly.

I just discovered that I need to look into buying a new one because I have a crack in the handle of mine. The prices are pretty high but mine has lasted for years without any problems. I've never even had to replace the rubber gasket.

Its not a must but it sure is a convenience, especially if planning meals in advance is not your forte.