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Navajo Corn Soup

Navajo Corn Soup (with a twist) This recipe calls for salt pork. I replaced it with pancetta.

Navajo Corn Soup

Navajo Corn Soup


Cut the pork into bite sized pieces, season and brown it with the pancetta. Do this in batches so the meat browns and doesn’t steam. If there are any bones, brown then too. When done, remove the meat and sauté the onion, add peppers, garlic & oregano and cook until softened.

Navajo Corn Soup


Return meat to pot. Add stock and simmer covered for 1 hour. Remove any bones, taste and adjust seasoning. Stir in corn a few minutes before serving.

Navajo Corn Soup


Navajo Corn Soup

If you’re using dried whole corn start with 1 and 1/2 cups. Wash it thoroughly, soak overnight, drain when ready to use. Boil dried corn until tender – about 3 and 1/2 hours in 6 cups water.


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Skillet Corn Bread

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Skillet Corn Bread

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I was in the South often enough to develop an appreciation for corn bread but when I buy it here in New York, it’s usually too crumbly and sweet. Not really bread at all but more like a corn muffin. Ok for breakfast but it doesn’t stand up beside real food. I tried a few recipes but couldn’t quite get what I wanted until I asked my friend Lindsey Prokscha, baker extraordinaire, for some help. She made a few tweaks and this is the result.

Lindsey Prokscha
Lindsey

Skillet Corn Bread (2)

Preparation:

Start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees.

Mix the corn meal, flour, baking powder & soda, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl the whisk egg and buttermilk then mix it with the dry ingredients. Heat the bacon drippings in a 10 inch cast iron skillet until it sizzles, coat skillet, then pour what remains of the bacon fat into the batter and stir it in,

Pour the batter into the hot cast iron skillet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

It should be firm and golden brown on top and pulling away from the sides of the skillet when it’s done.

Cast Iron Pie Pan
Cast Iron Pie Pan

Cornfield photo from The Kitchen Garden

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Corn Soup

Corn Soup

Navajo Corn Soup ingredients

No, corn soup isn’t an Italian recipe but I replaced the salt pork in the original with pancetta. You can use either.

Ingredients:

Navajo Corn Soup (2)zz

 

Salt pork or pancetta
Your choice, salt pork or pancetta
Green poblano and a red bell
One each, a green poblano and a red bell

Preparation:

  • Brown pancetta & cubed pork and remove.
  • Sauté onion, add peppers, garlic & oregano and cook until softened.
  • Return meat to pot. Add stock and simmer covered for 1 hour.
  • Taste and add salt and black pepper.
  • Add corn a few minutes before serving.

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