When it was still really chilly outside, I made up a batch of Chicken Posole. It was good, but what it did was remind me how much I like hominy. Jay too–Apparently it was/is one of those things my father-in-law periodically picks up at the store, and Jay remembers having it on occasion as a child. As far as I know, I had never had it until I was an adult, though my childhood was peppered with references to it. Nothing like this Tomato Bacon Hominy, though.
No, it was always my dad’s answer to the question of what was for dinner. “Hog’s ass and hominy.” Not knowing my pork cut diagram well at all, and having no idea what hominy even was, I would be sufficiently grossed out (so was my sister). Usually dinner ended up being something along the lines of City Chicken or Fried Chicken, but my dad was being silly.
Outside of a bajillion Posole recipes, there’s not a whole lot on the internets for hominy. Apparently a lot of people will simply have it as a side dish, fried in a bit of bacon or sausage drippings, or butter, seasoned with some salt and pepper. It’s not bad that way. A little bland, but it’s mildly amusing when the hominy starts popping in the skillet. I gather you can make a bit of a breakfast with it, too. Bulk sausage crumbled up, along with some diced potatoes, and topped with a fried egg. And there’s a cheesy hominy casserole, but since it’s close to summer, that will have to wait until Autumn. But beyond that, there doesn’t seem to be much else out there. So if you’ve got any recipes for hominy that DON’T involve Posole, please share!
I did come across the recipe for this Tomato Bacon Hominy on a blog for the State of Alabama, and thought it sounded good. The bambino refused it, but Jay and I absolutely loved it. I feel like hominy should be served with cornbread, but that seems like it’s overkill, so I just made some biscuits instead (funny aside about those biscuits–I used ATK’s recipe to make them, and they’re ridiculously flat. I should just stick with BHG’s recipe, since I get the best results from them).
I’m sort of excited that I have a reason to buy condensed tomato soup now (though I don’t know why).
You might have noticed (or maybe you didn’t) some downtime if you tried accessing the blog yesterday. I’ve moved hosting companies and though I didn’t really notice anything out of the ordinary, if you notice anything wonky over the next couple days or so, please let me know!