12/20/08

Harmony from Hominy...A light meal during the holiday frenzy



With Hanukkah swiftly approaching I thought I'd get out my oil and start frying! I figured my kitchen would smell like oil for the next few days so what is one more day? With all the preparations going on sometimes we just need something quick and  easy.  We love soup, the flavorful brothy kind the best when you are sick or cold kind. 

I talk a lot about texture for kids, I think it is important to teach them about different textures. This is a perfect soup for that, crisp tortillas, soft beans, chewy hominy and zucchini, makes a perfect warm meal. The flavors are mild and simple,  when your kids decide they like it,  you can add more ingredients the next time you make it.


I did not write a recipe for this but here is what I did:
Add about 1 inch of vegetable oil to a straight sided pot or skillet. Heat on high until it shimmers, reduce to medium high.
Stack about 5 corn tortillas and cut them into strips. Drop one in the oil to test, it should sizzle and cook quickly. When you fry, the faster the food cooks the less oil it sucks up, the better it will taste.
Drain them on a paper towel and set aside.

This is a quick soup so,  I started with canned chicken broth and added some ground chicken and onions to improve the flavor. Adding ground chicken will give you great chicken flavor in a flash. After the chicken is fully cooked strain it out and save it to use in hash or something else. You can leave the meat in but some kids find the texture strange.
Canned broth can be salty so taste before you add salt.
Add drained Great Northern beans, a can of drained Hominy and  a few diced zucchini.  
Cook it on medium until the zucchini is tender but still holds it's shape about 10 minutes.
Serve with a handful of tortilla strips and a sprinkle of dry cheese if you want.

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2 comments:

followthatdog said...

I'm going to try a veggie version of that, it sounds like a great idea.

Z said...

Sounds delicious! There's nothing better than hot soup in the winter! Thanks for sharing.