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Creamy Hominy Casserole (VRP 036)

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Creamy Hominy Casserole is a delightful dish that blends the hearty texture of hominy with the rich flavors of sour cream, heavy cream, and Monterey Jack cheese, accented by green chilies for a subtle kick. This casserole is quick and easy to prepare, especially using a microwave, making it a convenient choice for a comforting side dish.

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Creamy Hominy Casserole

Creamy Hominy Casserole

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Food History

Hominy, made from dried maize kernels treated with an alkali in a process called nixtamalization, is a staple in Native American and Mexican cuisines. It’s commonly used in dishes like posole and grits. This casserole takes traditional hominy and incorporates it into a creamy, cheesy bake, showcasing how versatile it can be.

Recipe Discussion

This recipe combines drained hominy with chopped green chilies, sour cream, and heavy cream in a casserole dish, creating a rich and creamy base. Monterey Jack cheese, known for its mild flavor and good melting properties, enhances the dish’s creaminess. The casserole is then dotted with margarine to add richness and flavor, topped with more cheese, and dusted with paprika for a hint of smokiness and color. It is microwaved until heated, serving as a quick and satisfying side dish.

Serving Suggestions

Creamy Hominy Casserole pairs well with a variety of main courses, particularly grilled meats, barbecue, or any spicy dishes where its creamy texture can balance more robust flavors. It’s also a great addition to a buffet or potluck.

Preparation Tips

  • Microwave Cooking: Cooking the casserole in the microwave makes it a quick side dish option. Be sure to use microwave-safe cookware and cover the dish to prevent splatters while allowing steam to escape.
  • Cheese Options: While Monterey Jack is suggested, you can experiment with cheeses such as pepper jack for extra heat or a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack for more depth.
  • Adjusting Creaminess: If you prefer a less rich dish, substitute some heavy cream with additional sour cream or plain yogurt.
  • Browning the Top: If you prefer a browned top, after microwaving, place the casserole under a broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbly and slightly golden.

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Creamy Hominy Casserole Recipe

Creamy Hominy Casserole
Yield: 4 servings

Creamy Hominy Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 can (29 oz.) hominy, drained
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chillies
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided use
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • Paprika

Instructions

  1. In a 2-quart round casserole, combine hominy, chillies, sour cream and heavy cream.
  2. Stir in ½ cup cheese and dot casserole with margarine.
  3. Sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup cheese and dust with paprika.
  4. Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap and microwave on 70 percent (medium-high) 7 to 8 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.

Whether you’re looking for a new way to enjoy hominy or need a quick and satisfying side dish, this Creamy Hominy Casserole offers a delicious combination of flavors and textures that is sure to please. Its ease of preparation and comforting ingredients make it a great choice for family meals and gatherings alike.

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