It's difficult to let go of The Avett brothers, but it's time to introduce you to a new band. For now watch the following clips of The Avetts performing at this year's Bonnaroo Festival. Their passionate performance will leap off the screen, but pay close attention to the fans. They're enthralled and hanging on every words. Thus is the power of music.
I want to do more with food and music in this blog. I've sturggled to match recipe with the music, but it will be easier to do it with the next band because one of the members has a food blog.
Anyway I'll leave you with one last recipe, green chile hominy. What's the connection with The Avett Brothers? The Avetts are Southerners and I think of hominy as a Southern food. Growing up I ate a lot of hominy. I don't know if this was common for most Kansans. Maybe some of my readers can weigh in on this topic. I first encountered this recipe at Perini's Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, Texas. I usually serve this as a sidedish when I smoke a brisket. You'll find they get along well together.
Green Chile Hominy
- 1 cup chopped onion, sautéed
- 4 (15 ounce) cans white hominy (drain and reserve liquid)
- 1/2 cup hominy liquid
- 1 tablespoon juice from pickled jalapenos
- 1/2 pound Cheddar cheese, grated
- 10 slices bacon, fried crisp and chopped (reserve drippings)
- 1 cup fresh seeded and chopped poblano or Anaheim peppers
- 1 or 2 pickled jalapenos, seeded and chopped (optional)
- Sauté the onions in a little of the bacon drippings and put aside.
- Heat the hominy in a separate sauté pan, stirring often. When heated thoroughly, add the hominy liquid and jalapeno juice, bring back to high temperature and add 3/4 of the cheese.
- When the cheese melts, add half the peppers and bacon and all the onion.
- Pour into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and sprinkle with the remaining cheese, bacon and peppers. (At this point it can be refrigerated or even frozen, if you want to make it in advance.)
- Bake at 325 degrees F until cheese on top melts, about 15 minutes (or 40 minutes, if refrigerated).