How adventuresome are you when it comes to trying new foods? I have certainly tried so many new food items on this blogging journey of mine.
Have you ever tried hominy? What exactly is HOMINY? Hominy is corn that is soaked in an alkaline solution (a lime for example). The alkaline solution removes the outer shell, and then, causes the corn kernel to puff up. It becomes a white kernel. I love the color of it in this dish. I have used it in a salad and as a side in this JERK CHICKEN RECIPE.
I served this Hominy Smoked Sausage Cheesy Casserole in a meatless form (I left out the smoked sausage) and in the recipe as I will describe below. I really liked both of them. As an aside, I am consciously trying to eat more vegetarian and vegan meals this year. The dish without the smoked sausage is probably more of a side dish. The addition of the smoked sausage makes this recipe eat more like a meal. I served it as a side. It was a play on macaroni and cheese. Another similar macaroni and cheese dish was this MAC N CHEESE BAR I made a while back.
The dish is very simple to prepare. The base is red onion garlic and red peppers sautéed in some olive oil. The smoked sausage is pan fried in another dish to get a good char. The hominy and cheese and half and half are added to bring the dish together into creamy deliciousness. I normally substitute coconut milk for cream or half and half and you could certainly do that here. The smoked sausage is folded in and finished off in the oven. YUM!
The cast of characters.
The building of the hominy casserole.
The Hominy Smoked Sausage Cheesy Casserole Plated.
Hominy Smoked Sausage Cheesy Casserole
- 1 Lb Beef Smoked Sausage sliced
- 30 Ounces Hominy
- 1/2 Whole Red Onion
- 3 Small Yellow Onions diced
- 2 Cloves Garlic minced
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Whole Red Pepper diced
- 3/4 Cup Half & Half
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a skillet on medium high heat, cook the smoked sausage until you get a nice char on the sausages. Set aside.
In a Dutch oven, heat the oil on medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the red pepper and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the hominy, half-and-half. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Add in about three-quarters of the Cheddar Jack and sausage, reserving some of the cheese to add on the top. (The 2nd version I separated the sausage out) Mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and top with the remaining cheese. Bake until the top is golden brown and the casserole is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from Ree Drummond - https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/hominy-casserole-3199310