Simple Hominy Vegetable Recipes
Both white and yellow corn are made into
hominy vegetable, although some Southerners will only eat the white variety, as
dried yellow corn has been traditionally used for animal feed. To make
hominy, field-dried corn is removed from the cob, soaked in lime water
(originally it was a lye solution made from wood ashes and water) and
boiled so that it swells up and the husk or bran comes off the kernels.
If the resulting swollen kernels are redried, they can be broken up or
ground. Broken into large pieces, the dried hominy is called samp and
is made into a nourishing mush; ground, it becomes that wonderful
southern staple, hominy grits (although grits are sometimes ground from
dried corn that has not been made into hominy). Ground even more finely
into meal, hominy becomes masa harina, the flour traditionally used in
Mexico to make tortillas and tamales.
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