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American Indian Tacos! & Sweet Dessert Frybread w/ Nuts and Honey!

March 10, 2012

 I ate a lot of bad food when I went to South Dakota (almost 5 years ago now, can you believe it!) however, I was also introduced to three foods that I love and cherish to this day, Cowboy Beans, Pulled Pork and this, Frybread. Well, technically I had this in northern Wyoming, but it is the state bread of SD so it is most definatly South Dakotan food.  Like almost all of the best food, it comes from a story of poverty, the indigenous Native American groups were forced onto reservations by the expanding white populations and given very meagre supplies of basic baking goods and poor quality foods, Frybread being simple, easy to prepare with few ingredients and importantly it is also very filling.

The bread itself is pretty easily adaptable to both savoury and sweet meals, simply adding a bit of Sugar and/or Nuts to the base produces an end product that can be used in totally different ways, so experiment with toppings and flavours.

– Recipe – 

Feeds 5 

3 cups Plain Flour // 3 teaspoons Baking Powder // 1 teaspoon Salt // 1 cup Milk // Frying Oil

  1. Sieve the dry ingredients together and then slowly stir in the milk a little at a time to avoid lumping.
  2. Kneed the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth.
  3. Heat roughly 1 inch of Oil in a wok or shallow flat-bottomed pan.
  4. Break the dough into 5 large fist sized lumps and pat into disks around 1” – 1 ½” thick.
  5. At the point when a Breadcrumb will bubble and rise in the Oil without burning it is at the right heat for frying. Cook the disks individually until golden brown, flipping them every few minutes; they will puff up in places.
  6. Dry on paper towels and then top with your favourite taco ingredients; Chile con Carne, spicy fried Meats, Lettuce, Sour Cream, Lime Juice, Cheese, Salsa or anything else that fits and takes your fancy! Or you can also change the bread into a breakfast or dessert by mixing 3 spoons of Sugar into the recipe and covering it with a light coating of cinnamon and throwing nuts, honey or jams over the top.

Enjoy!

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