It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that this yummy Southern staple started with Native Americans from the region frying up some fresh tomatoes. Ingredients: 4 large green tomatoes1 tsp. saltPinch black pepper2 cups coarse ground yellow cornmealLard or vegetable shorteningInstructions: Slice the tomatoes to about half an inch and sprinkle with the salt. Let them […]
Tribes across the country enjoyed this super nutritious dish long before more folks relied on it as a cheap meal in the Great Depression. Ingredients: 2 lbs. fresh or dry lima beans3 cups fresh corn cut from cob4 to 6 wild or pearl onions2 Tbsps. melted bacon fat2 pieces smoked ham hock3 quarts waterSalt and […]
Known as tanka-me-a-lo in the Cherokee Nation, you can substitute regular beef if you’re unable to find any buffalo meat in your area for this filling stew. Ingredients: 2 stalks celery 2 carrots 1 can stewed tomatoes 2 lbs. buffalo/beef stew meat 4 quarts water 2 lbs. red or white potatoes (not russets) 1 cup […]
True gumbo file powder is made entirely from ground leaves of the sassafras tree. Note that there are gumbo file seasonings that may include sassafras along with other spices. Sassafras is considered by many to be the only truly North American spice. The use of sassafras began with native Americans. In particular, the Choctaw people were […]
This is also known as a buckle. Adding some finely minced dried apricots naturally sweetens this recipe and intensifies the taste of the peach-apricot filling. A bit of turbinado sugar on top adds sparkle and brings out the country flavor of this summery cobbler. The fruit caramelizes slightly while the topping puffs up and turns […]
The most important Native American crops have generally included corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, sunflowers, wild rice, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, peanuts, avocados, papayas, potatoes and cacao. Native American food and cuisine is recognized by its use of indigenous domesticated and wild food ingredients. Fish, Buffalo, elk, deer, moose, quail, turkey, pheasant, goose, duck.