Place the bones in a shallow roasting pan. Roast the bones for 1 hour. Remove the bones from the oven and brush with the tomato paste. In a mixing bowl, toss the vegetables with Essence. Lay the vegetables on top of the bones and return to the oven. Roast for 30 minutes. Pour off any excess fat. Place the roasting pan on the stove, over high heat. Using a wooden spoon, deglaze the pan with the red wine, scraping the pan and loosening any brown particles. Place everything in a large stock pot. Add the bouquet garni and water. Bring the liquid up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Season the liquid with salt and pepper. Simmer the stock for 4 hours. Remove the stock from the heat and strain through a China cap.
Assembling the Posole:
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Season the pork with Essence. When the oil is hot, sear the meat for about 2 minutes. Add the onions and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Stir in the hominy, tomatoes, and garlic. Season the mixture with crushed red pepper and cumin. Stir in the stock and bring up to boil. Season the liquid with salt and pepper. Reduce the stock to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the stew thickens. Stir in the cilantro.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Ladle the stew in a shallow bowl. Garnish the stew with the above garnishes.
Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
Yield:about 2/3 cup
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.