The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley is an introduction and education to the indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories with an intent to expand beyond these borders. Part of the education includes dispelling notions about Native American food such as fry bread or Indian tacos. Readers are instead educated on the truth and areas of focus about which types of wild game and produce are embraced like venison, rabbit, duck, blueberries, sumac, wild turnips, and plums.
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This rich, flavorful soup has a creamy texture without cream. We use the small, tart crab apples;that grow in backyards and along the borders of farm fields.
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1 wild onion, chopped, or 1/4 cup chopped shallot
- 2 pounds winter squash, seeded, peeled, and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 tart apple, cored and chopped
- 1 cup cider
- 3 cups Corn Stock, or vegetable stock
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or more to taste
- Salt to taste
- Sumac to taste
- Cranberry Sauce, or chopped fresh cranberries for garnish
- Heat the oil in a deep, heavy saucepan over medium heat and sauté the onion, squash, and apple until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the cider and stock, increase the heat, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until the squash is very tender, about 20 minutes.
- With an immersion blender or working in batches with a blender, puree the soup and return to the pot to warm.
- Season to taste with maple syrup, salt, and sumac.
- Serve with a dollop of Cranberry Sauce.
More from The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen:
- Indigenous Tacos Recipe
- Hazelnut Maple Sorbet Recipe
- Sean Sherman on Indigenous Food, Culture, and History
From The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) Copyright 2017 Ghost Dancer, LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission of the University of Minnesota Press.