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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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Lets Squash it

Buttercup Squash Bread

1 pkg (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
2 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 tsp. caraway seeds
1 cup buttercup squash, cooked and mashed
3 cup all-purpose flour

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add molasses, salt,
caraway, squash and 2 C. flour; mix well. Add enough remaining flour
to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth
and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once
to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down then shape into a loaf. Place in a
greased 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pan. Cover and let rise until doubled,
about 45 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until
golden brown. Remove from pan to cool on a wire rack. From: Mignonne
Yield: 1 loaf

Calabacitas (Skillet Squash)

5 cubed small summer squash
1 diced large onion
2 roasted peeled green chiles
1 small can diced green chile
1 tablespoon shortening or oil
3/4 cup shredded longhorn cheese

Saute onion in shortening or oil until soft. Add squash and stir until
almost tender. Add chiles; simmer briefly. Sprinkle on cheese and stir
until melted. From: Dove
Yield: 5 servings

Abenaki Squash Soup

4 strips smoked bacon, sliced very thin
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 medium onions, peeled and diced
3 quarts chicken stock (homemade)
4 big potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 acorn squash, peeled and cubed
1 tbs. sugar
pinch salt
pinch hot pepper
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
chopped parsley (if you have it on; hand)

In large saucepan, slowly render bacon until crisp. Add carrots, onions.
Cook until vegetables are soft. Add chicken stock and simmer for 90
minutes.Add potatoes, squash, salt, and pepper. Simmer 40 minutes, then mush or
puree. Add lime juice. Check seasonings and adjust to taste. Serve with
chopped parsley, if you have it on hand.

Anasazi-Squash Stew With Basil And Serrano

1 cup anasazi beans, rinsed and sorted fo; r debris
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut in; to 1-in. cubes
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
6 whole star anise
6 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 piece ginger (2 in.), peeled and grated
2 pcs serrano chiles, halved, seeded, and; thinly sliced
12 pcs large fresh basil leaves, chopped

This fragrant, buttery stew is hearty enough to work as a vegetarian
main dish. Serve with a green salad and fry bread (Indian flatbread) Prep
and Cook Time: 45 minutes. Notes: If you can't find
serrano chiles, substitute 2 fresh jalapeƱos. You can also use less
common varieties of basil, such as Thai or lemon (double the number of
leaves in the recipe if they're very small).
1. In a large pot, bring beans, turmeric, and 4 cups water to a
boil. Lower heat to a simmer, partially cover, and cook until beans soft.
2. Add squash, salt, sugar, and star anise. Bring to a boil, lower heat
to a simmer, and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until squash
is tender, about 15 minutes.
3. In a small frying pan, melt butter. When melted butter stops foaming
on top, turn heat to high, add cumin seeds, and cook, stirring, until
browned and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add ginger and chiles and cook,
stirring constantly, another 2 minutes. Add basil. Stir to combine and
cook until basil is wilted, about 30 seconds.
4. Serve stew hot, with the spiced butter poured over each serving. Or
stir all the spiced butter into the pot of stew before serving.
Yield: makes 4 serving

Fried Cherokee Squash Bread

2 summer squash, diced
1 c corn meal
1/4 c buttermilk
1 pcs egg

Cook squash in water until soft; leave 3/4 c. water in pot. Combine other
ingredients with squash and water; mix together. Fry in hot oil until
golden brown.

Yield: makes 1 batch.