Monday, November 16, 2009

Navajo Fry Bread Recipe

No, you are not confused, it is not Friday yet. ;) I just thought I'd give you a recipe on Monday this week. You'll still be getting the usual Food for Friday post on Friday. :D

The following recipe is for Navajo Fry Bread. Catman found the recipe here at whatscookingamerica. To learn more about the history of Navajo Fry Bread and Indian Tacos, please follow the whatscookingamerica link.

The recipe is similar to the one my Mom used to make. It is fairly simple and it is good.

Here is what you'll need

1 cup unbleached flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon powdered milk
1/2 cup water
Vegetable oil for frying

Please note: We doubled the recipe so what we used was
2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
and instead of 1 tsp powdered milk and 1/2 cup of water. Catman used 1 cup of regular 1% milk

The recipe was then followed according to the directions below:

Sift together the flour, salt, powdered milk, and baking powder into a large bowl. Pour the water over the flour mixture all at once and stir the dough with a fork until it starts to form one big clump.

Flour your hands. Using your hands, begin to mix the dough, trying to get all the flour into the mixture to form a ball. NOTE: You want to mix this well, but you do NOT want to knead it. Kneading it will make for a heavy Fry Bread when cooked. The inside of the dough ball should still be sticky after it is formed, while the outside will be well floured.

Cut the dough into four (4) pieces.(since we doubled the recipe you will see (8) pieces below)

Using your floured hands, shape, stretch, pat, and form a disk of about 5 to 7 inches in diameter. NOTE: Don’t worry about it being round.

Heat the vegetable oil to about 350 degrees F. NOTE: You can check by either dropping a small piece of dough in the hot oil and seeing if it begins to fry, or by dipping the end of a wooden spoon in and seeing if that bubbles. Your oil should be about 1-inch deep in a large cast-iron skillet or other large fryer.

Take the formed dough and gently place it into the oil, being careful not to splatter the hot oil. Press down on the dough as it fries so the top is submersed into the hot oil.

Fry until brown, and then flip to fry the other side. Each side will take about 3 to 4 minutes.

Indian Fry Bread can be kept warm in a 200 degree F. oven for up to 1 hour. They refrigerate well and can be reheated in a 350 degree F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Fry bread can be served as a dessert, by drizzling with honey and sprinkling with powdered sugar or topping with fruit. It can also be used as a main dish bread.

Below is how I chose to top mine, since it was kind of a brunch. I topped it with sour cream and a little salsa. If it would have been for dinner, I would have gone the Indian Taco route. I would have used ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and whatever else I wanted to top it with.


Have a great day!


HermitJim said...

Looks pretty good to me! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

HossBoss said...

Oh, Fel, that looks so good! We lived up in northwestern New Mexico when we first got married and could get homemade fry bread at the little diner in town. Even just the aroma is wonderful!

Felinae said...

Uncle Hermit, you're welcome. It is good. If you aren't a fat restricted diet, you should give it a try. :D

Thanks for dropping in today!


Felinae said...

Hiya WW :D

Isn't the aroma good? I love it. The first time I ever had an Indian Taco was at the county fair when I was a kid.

Then we discovered the family owned a diner in San Jose, which was only about 20 mins away. So at least once a month we'd go eat there.

They had all kinds of stuff on the menu, but my favorite was always the Indian Taco made on the Fry Bread. When the restaurant closed down, my Mom started experimenting with her tortilla recipe until she got it similar to Fry Bread.

It is some good eating, that's for sure. :D

Have a great day!

Felinae said...

Thanks Sci :D

Yep, you should try it. I think you'd like it.