Native American Fry Bread

Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Potluck Native American Fry Bread

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      Navajo Fry bread is a traditional recipe that originated over 140 years ago when Native Americans were forced into making a 300 mile journey known as the Long Walk, relocating them to New Mexico.
      Each tribe made their frybread a little differently, here are recipes from various tribes.


      fry bread

      Old Fashioned

      4 cups flour
      2 tbsp. baking powder
      1 tsp. salt
      1/2 cup shortening
      1 cup warm water

      Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add in the shortening and water. Add only enough water to make dough stick together. Knead dough until smooth, make into fist-sized balls. Cover them with a towel for 10 minutes then pat them out into circles about the size of a pancake. Fry in hot cooking oil in cast iron skillet until brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels, serve with jam.

      Traditional Fry bread

      1 pkg. dry yeast
      3 cups warm water
      1 tbsp. salt
      1 tbsp. sugar
      6 cups flour
      2 tbsp. oil
      1/2 cup cornmeal

      Dissolve yeast in warm water then add salt and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes covered with a towel. Add flour and oil to liquid mixture. Mix and put on floured bread board and knead until mixture is smooth. Put dough in a greased bowl, cover with towel and let it rise for 1 1/2 hours.

      Remove from bowl and put on bread board, knead in the 1/2 cornmeal. Make dough into 2 balls rolling each into 12 inch circles 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 2 inch squares and drop into hot cooking oil. (Works best with cast iron skillet.) Fry 5 to 6 pieces at a time for only a few moments. Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with white powdered sugar.

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      Blackfeet Tribe Frybread

      4 cups flour
      1 Tbsp. powdered milk
      1 Tbsp. baking powder
      1 tsp. salt
      11/2 cups warm water
      Oil for frying
      Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly. Add water. Knead until soft, then set aside for one hour. Shape into small balls. Flatten each ball into a circle with or rolling pin or by hand. Fry in a skillet half-full of oil until golden brown on both sides.

      Cherokee Frybread

      1 cup flour
      1/2 tsp. salt
      2 tsp. baking powder
      3/4 cup milk
      Mix ingredients adding more flour if necessary to make a stiff dough. Roll out the dough on a floured board till very thin. Cut into strips 2 X 3 inches and drop in hot cooking oil. Brown on both sides. Serve hot with honey.


      2 cups sifted flour
      1/2 tsp. salt
      4 tsp. baking powder
      1 egg
      1/2 cup warm milk
      Stir first three ingredients then stir in the beaten egg. Add milk to make the dough soft. Roll it out on floured bread board, knead lightly. Roll dough out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into strips 2 X 3 inches and slit the center. Drop into hot cooking oil and brown on both sides. Serve hot.

      Pumpkin Fry Bread

      Add the following to the ingredients shown above to make Pumpkin Fry Bread
      2 cups fresh pumpkin or 1-16oz. can pumpkin
      1 tbsp. milk or water
      3/4 cups brown sugar
      1/4 tsp. cinnamon
      1/4 tsp. nutmeg
      1/4 tsp. vanilla
      Drop into hot cooking oil and brown on both sides. Serve hot with butter or powdered sugar.

      Creek Frybread

      2 cups flour
      1 cup buttermilk
      1 tbsp. baking powder
      1/4 tsp. salt
      Sift flour,salt, and baking powder then add milk and more flour to make dough stiff. Roll out onto floured bread board and cut into 4 X 4 squares with a slit in the center. Fry in hot cooking oil until golden brown. Drain on plate with paper towels.

      Navajo Fry Bread #1

      1 C flour
      1 t baking powder
      1/4 C powdered milk
      1/4 t salt
      warm water
      Combine the ingredients and slowly add enough warm water to form dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until it is smooth soft and not sticky. Cover and let rest 1 hour. Shape into small balls and pat into flat circles about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Set aside.
      In skillet, heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil. Brown dough circles on each side and drain on paper towels.
      Serve with chile beans and your favorite taco toppings for “Navajo Tacos.”

      Navajo #2

      3 cups unbleached flour, sifted
      1/2 cup dry powdered milk
      1 Tbs. baking powder
      1/2 tsp. salt
      1/2 cup warm water or milk
      2 quarts oil for deep frying

      Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl and knead until smooth and soft, but not sticky. Depending on the altitude and humidity, you may need to adjust the liquid or the flour, so go slowly and balance accordingly. Be careful not to overwork the dough, or it will become tough and chewy.

      Brush a tablespoon of oil over the finished dough and allow it to rest 20 minutes to 2 hours in a bowl covered with a damp cloth. After the dough has rested, heat the oil in a broad, deep frying pan or kettle until it reaches a low boil (375º). Pull off egg-sized balls of dough and quickly roll, pull, and path them out into large, plate-sized rounds. They should be thin in the middle and about 1/4 inch thick at the edges.

      Carefully ease each piece of flattened dough into the hot, boiling oil, one at a time. Using a long-handled cooking fork or tongs, turn the dough one time. Allow about 2 minutes cooking time per side. When golden brown, lift from oil, shake gently to remove bulk of oil, and place on layered brown paper or paper towels to finish draining.
      Serve hot with honey, jelly, fine powdered sugar, wojape, or various meat toppings aka Najavo Taco


      The magic is in frying the bread quickly! The hotter the oil, the less time it takes to cook. The less time it takes to cook, the lighter the texture and lower the fat content.

      Osage Frybread

      4 cups all purpose flour
      2 tsp salt
      1 tbsp and a half baking powder
      1 tablespoon melted shortening
      2 cups warm milk
      Shortening for deep frying
      Sift flour, salt and baking powder into bowl. Stir in shortening and milk. Knead the dough into a ball. Roll out dough on lightly floured board. Cut into diamond shapes and slice a slit in the center.
      Heat shortening in deep fryer to 370 degrees. Fry 2 or 3 at a time until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

      Seminole Fry Bread

      2 cups flour
      3 tsp. baking powder
      1 tsp. salt
      1 cup milk
      Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add milk gradually making sure the dough is stiff. Put on floured bread board and pat it out with your hands until it is 1/2 inch thick. Cut into strips with a slit in the center. Fry in hot oil until both sides are golden brown

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Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Potluck Native American Fry Bread