What Are Some Examples of Native American Food?


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One Native American food is succotash, a combination of beans and corn, and cornbread. Other foods, such as turkey, hominy, mush, blueberries and cranberries, were originally staples of Native American cuisine and adopted by early settlers. Dishes like frybread, concocted from random ingredients given to Native American reservations, are still popular today.

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To make Native American frybread, mix 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1 cup of hot tap water and 1 teaspoon of either seasoning or table salt in a bowl. Use a fork to combine all of the ingredients, and then apply vegetable oil to your hands, and manipulate the dough into the shape of a ball. Place it back into the bowl, and cover with a towel. Let the dough sit in a warm environment for at least 20 minutes. For fluffier frybread, allow it to sit longer.

Heat an inch of vegetable oil in a frying pan. Determine the correct temperature of the oil by placing a small ball of dough in the grease; if it floats immediately, the oil is ready to use.

Grab dough in golf-ball-sized pieces, and stretch it until flat. Insert your finger into the center of the dough to create a small hole, and then place it in the oil. Allow it to brown before turning. When finished, use paper towels to drain the excess grease, and serve while hot.

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