Recipes for posole are about as abundant as stars in the sky, I have already posted two or three myself in previous posts, thats not why I am here today. If you want to start the year off right, as in how we do it in New Mexico, then you need to have a bowl or three of some hot and steamy posole with some spicy hot red chile. Posole can kick chicken soups ass any day when it comes to healing powers, in fact posole makes chicken soup look and seem like a placebo. I am not saying that chicken soup is bad but if you have a choice between the two you would be wise to pick posole.
This particular batch of posole has all the New Years punch that a new year needs to be punched with. If it is unsightly and hard to look at let alone think about cooking, then its in here. You will notice that I tied off the trotters - the butcher thought he was doing me a favor by cutting them in half but all that does is allow the lovely marrow to escape so I went ahead and apprehended that little issue.
Pigs feet, tripe and pork neck bones form the base for this holiday nectar then hominy, onions, chile and cilantro help to flesh it out. I cook everything separately since they have different cooking times and then I combine them all later.
With chile or without its up to you but if you opt for no chile you better creep off and eat it where no one can see you, I would hate to see you suffer from the embarrassment of eating this without chile, its even hard to type that without cringing - sorry Marjie.
You can add red chile sauce or cook some hot pods right in with the soup and then ladle them into your plate so that you can scrape out the chile goodness and discard the peel. (you might notice some blue corn in there too, I discovered some blue hominy when I was visiting my family in New Mexico in August and I was anxious to try some - now these are not chicos but rather what looks like large blue popcorn- its good and earthy with rich corn flavor, not like white hominy at all)
Start your new year right - have some lentils, have some black eyed peas but do not and I repeat do not forget to have some posole, it still isnt too late.