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Native American Food and Recipes

Deliciously Wonderful Native American Food and Recipes

Traditional Native American food differs from the way it is prepared today. Take a look at some traditional recipes which can help you bring back the authentic taste in your daily meals.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Mar 5, 2018
Native Americans are those groups of people who were the original inhabitants of North America. Their culture is definitely an interesting one with a variety of shades throughout history. These large tribes had their own preferences and ways for doing things in their daily routine. They depended upon mother nature for their source of food. They relied mainly upon animals such as deer and rabbits, and vegetables that grew in their farms. However, today this cuisine consists of some modern and updated methodologies. The modern-day cuisine has a wide range of options. In the olden days, these tribes relied upon their farms, whereas few preferred moving to different areas in search of food. Indian corn, pumpkins, beans, sweet potatoes, peanuts, tomatoes, etc., were some of the main ingredients of this cuisine. Has this tribe already increased your interest in their food? Enlisted below is a compilation of traditional food recipes that you can prepare at home.

Meat Pie

Ingredients
  • Beef, 1 lb. (lean and ground)
  • Onion, ½ cup (chopped)
  • Garlic Clove, 1 (crushed)
  • Salt, ¾ tsp.
  • Tomatoes, 1 can
  • Lemon Juice, 1 tsp.
  • Chilies, ½ tsp. (crushed)
  • Fresh Spinach, 2 cups (chopped)
  • Mustard, ½ tsp. (powdered)
  • Pastry, 1 (for 9" pie shell)
Preparation
Firstly, you need to combine all the filling ingredients in a frying pan. Now, bring this to a boil. Stir the preparation so that the meat pieces are further broken up. Let it cook uncovered for around 30 minutes. Then, chill the preparation for about 2 hours. Roll the pastry for the pie. Make tiny saucer-shaped circles. Now, place the portions of the filling in the center of the pastry circle. Using adequate amount of water dampen the edges and fold the circle in half. Press the edges together and place it on the greased cookie sheet. Brush this with a beaten egg.

Bake the same at 425° F, for about 20 minutes in an oven, till it turns golden brown. Once done, you can add the spices of your choice. Tabasco sauce and jalapeno peppers are an ideal option. Opt for something mild if it doesn't suit your taste buds.

Basic Galette

Ingredients
  • All-purpose Flour, 4 cups
  • Salt, 1 tsp.
  • Milk, 1½ cups
  • Butter, 2 tbsp.
  • Baking Powder, 1 tbsp.
Preparation
Preheat the oven to 400° F and then grease a baking sheet. Then, take a large bowl and add some flour and baking powder to this. Sprinkle some salt. Add butter and whip till the mixture turns into coarse crumbs. Add the milk. Ensure this dough holds well together. Mold the dough into a round shape and then, place it on the prepared baking sheet. You need to bake the dough in the oven for 30 minutes.

The origins of these recipes were found in the early tribes that settled in the mountains. The ones mentioned above are definitely the modified version of those prepared way back then. You can add your own innovative methods to make these dishes more interesting and delectable.