Well, hey, hey! Happy Wednesday!
How’s everyone’s week going? Normally my weeks just seem to fly by, but this week is feeling slower than usual. I don’t know why, but my Monday just kind of felt like it dragged on and on. Was anyone else in that same boat? I was waiting for a package that I really needed for a shoot, and it just never came, UGH! All day long I just kept thinkin “oh I think I hear Fed-Ex”, but sadly, it was never Fed-Ex. My package finally showed up on Tuesday, and I did get my work done, but I think it just made Monday and Tuesday seem so long.
Jam packed day today though, so I better get to this post already!
Oh but wait!
Super fast baby goat update, since you all had lots of questions on yesterday’s post. All eight goats are doing great, the kids are growing at a rapid speed and it already has me wishing they’d just stop growing already. I peek my head out my door what seems every other hour or so to check on them all.
Oh, and Asher has officially named the little kids, Hermione, Ginny, Harry, Ron and Serious.
Also, on a completely random note, I really, really want to have horses too. Yes, horses!! I see them on the trail all the time and they are so cool and beautiful! I’ve decided I NEED a horse to be the next animal added to our little Gerard Family Farm… Do I sound like a spoiled brat or what???
OK, animal talk over. So sorry if you are completely over hearing about the goats!
SO none of that up there had anything to do with this delicious Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Pozole, but it’s cool, cuz I am now about to talk your ear off about my favorite new soup recipe!!
Remember on Sunday how I asked you guys if there were any recipes you’d like to see on the blog this fall? Well, I am really excited because it seems as though we are all on the same page. Everyone said soups, stews, crockpot recipes, pumpkin recipes (both sweet and savory), apple recipes, pastas and big healthy salads!
Yeah! Honestly, I am so excited to share all my new fall recipes with you guys. They’re going to be yummy, and I feel like we’ll have a good mix between healthy and indulgent…balance!
So today is all about the crockpot and soup!
Oh man, this Pozole is life changing. My brother’s girlfriend, Lyndsie is a huge fan of Pozole and she’s been begging me to make it since last winter. I finally decided that with fall practically here, it was time! I was inspired to make a green Pozole by Heidi Swanson’s recipe in her cookbook Near and Far. If you guys don’t have this cookbook, I highly recommend it. It’s a great read with amazing recipes from around the world. So great!
Anyway, her green Pozole got me thinking, I should make my own late summer version with zucchini, sweet corn, homemade tortilla strips and toasted pumpkins and um, of course avocado! Oh and cotija, I mean, obviously.
I really cannot describe just how much I love this soup.
It just has so much flavor and so many great textures. Ok, and I truly love its green color. It’s also great because while this recipe uses late summer corn and zucchini, it would be awesome any time of the year. And seeing as I have all the fall soup recipes on my mind, it’s literally just perfection.
I know there are a lot of you out there who do not own crockpots (or maybe you just want to make this quickly and don’t have time to slow cook), so I included a NO CROCKPOT version as well. Both are crazy easy and crazy delish!
Just make sure to serve the Pozole with tons of avocado, cheese and tortillas chips! Oh, and if you’re feeling the need for extra carbs, stir in some rice… that is of course what I did, so good!
Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Pozole.
- 1 sweet onion quartered
- 6 cloves garlic skins on
- 4 tomatillos
- 4 poblano peppers
- 2 serrano chiles
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- 2 cups ears corn kernels removed from the cob (about 1 to 1 1/2 )
- 1 zucchini chopped
- 2 ounce cans hominy drained, 15
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 6-8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- kosher salt
- 2 cups fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 avocado sliced
- tortilla strips + crumbled cotija cheese + toasted pumpkin seeds + black pepper + limes for topping
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and tomatillos and cook, turning often until charred on all sides, about 10 minutes. You may need to remove the garlic cloves before the onion and tomatillo. Once cooked, remove everything from the skillet. When cool, remove the skins from the garlic. Return the skillet to medium high heat and add the poblano peppers and serrano chiles. Cook, turning often until charred all over, about 10 minutes. Remove the peppers and place in a bowl, cover with a plate and allow the peppers to steam for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, peel or scrape off the charred skins and remove seeds. Add the peppers to a blender, along with the onion, garlic and tomatillos, puree until smooth.
To the bowl of your crockpot, add the puree, chicken, corn, zucchini, hominy, oregano and 6 cups chicken broth. Season generously with salt. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. Once the chicken is falling apart, shred with two forks. Stir in the cilantro. If desired, add chicken broth to thin the soup. Taste and season the soup as desired with salt.
Ladle the into bowls and top with avocado, tortillas, cheese, pumpkin seeds, black pepper and lime juice. Eat!
*Adapted from Near and Far by Heidi Swanson.
Woot, woot for the return of cozy fall soups! 🙂