Native American Recipes

Recipes and information on Native American food. This is the food and recipes of food eaten preinvasion upto and including current popular Native American food.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Inca Potato Salad

1 pound purple potatoes*
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 to 1 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
3/4 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash ground pepper
3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed

* Native Peruvian purple potatoes can be found in many specialtyt and health food markets, if you can not find use russet potato.
Wash potatoes; do not pare. Dice into 1/2-inch pieces.
Sauté potatoes, onions, garlic and chili powder in oil until onions are tender. Add broth and mix well, bring to a boil. Stir in quinoa, salt and pepper; return to boil. Stir, cover and reduce heat, simmer 15 minutes.
Turn off heat, add corn and let stand covered, 5 minutes. Mix gently to
fluff. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.
Variation: Add 1/2 cup dried chopped pineapple with corn
Yield: 6 servings

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Butternut Squash and Chile Pan-Fry

1 medium butternut squash, about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
1 pound fresh green poblano chiles (about 4 whole peppers), OR
1 cup canned poblanos
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup grated monterey jack

Cook Time: 30 minutes
With a vegetable peeler, peel the squash, then cut in half, and remove the
seeds. Cut the squash into 1/4-inch pieces. Roast the peppers by placing them over a stovetop gas flame, turning them frequently with tongs until all sides are charred black, about 7 to 10 minutes. (Alternately, the peppers can be roasted under a broiler, or on top of a gas or charcoal grill.) Place the blackened peppers in a plastic or paper bag, and let rest until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes.
Remove the stems and seeds, and chop.
Heat the oil in a large skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the
onions and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the squash, salt, and chili powder, and stir well. Cover and cook until the squash is almost tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in chiles and cook, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Sprinkle the cheese over the vegetables and cover. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Serve hot out of the pan.
Contributor: Emeril Lagasse, 2001
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Preparation Time: 30 mi

Monday, January 09, 2006

Swan Spirit's Berry Cobbler

1 quart fresh strawberries or
blackberries, washed (if you
use strawberries, slice them in half)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup corn meal
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour milk
2 tablespoon melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon melted butter or margarine
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Place berries in a 2-quart baking dish, and sprinkle with sugar. For
the topping, mix together all dry ingredients, then quickly stir in
the milk and melted butter or margarine. Drop batter by the
tablespoon on top of berries, forming a design of rounds. Mix
together sauce ingredients, and pour over batter and exposed berries.

Bake in a moderately hot oven, 375 degrees, for 1 hour. Serve at room

Southern Indian women, being both creative and experimental cooks,
sweetened their corn-meal batter, mixed it with wild blackberries or
strawberries, and baked the two together in to a kind of cobbler.
From: "Swan Spirit"

Yield: 4 servings