Organic - A Tasty corn bread crusted finger food with a juniper berry , Saskatoonberry, and ground bison/buffalo meat stuffing. High protein, low salt, organic food- as a fingerfood, side dish or main course; depending on the complexity of the meal and its partakers.
A steamed dumpling is also a variant which may be used in a main course, depending on the style of meal.... Read more.
Soak (Overnight, preferably) 1.5 cups of corn meal with 2 cups of warm filtered water. Test for readiness- the level of crunchiness is a matter of personal choice.
Mix in 1 cup of corn flour, mixed with 3 tablespoons of ash or 1.5 tsp of commercial rising agent... 1/2 tsp of SeaSalt may be added, but this is a matter of taste and a health choice.
Combine rehydrated corn meal and corn flour,adding 1/4 cup of tree nut oil, and adding cold water as necessary mixing untill a heavy paste is made....or alternately you could also make a pastry type of crust....this depends on the feel of the dough you are making. An Egg may be used if guests are tolerant of eggs and depending if a dumpling is being made.
Combine 4 cups of ground Bison meat with 3 tbl spoons of crushed Juniper berries and 1/4 cup of Saskatoon berries or currents- not raisins- too sweet.
Cook corn cobs with the separated inner corn husks, and withdraw the corn husks, patting off excess water.
Roll out pastry, or dumpling paste and place upon or, alternately, spread paste onto a cooked, flattened corn husk about 1/4 inch thick ( .75 cm thick)
Plce 1-2 tblsp of meat mixture into hand and roll it so that it can be placed upon the corn paste covered husk,
With dampened fingers, roll the husk around the meat centre and use cotton thread/string to ty of the ends. The corn husk should completly surround the meat filling- two husks may be required, depending on the size of your handrolls/dumplings.
Place on an oiled cooky sheet into a preheated (325 degree) oven untill browned...
For steamed dumplings:
Place into a steaming double boiler and cover the bottom of the upper half with excess corn husks onto which the dumplings are pllaced for about 20-25 minutes...
Serve as an appetizer, or as part of the main course, enjoy!
A traditional Three sister soup (corn, beans and squash) with corn cobs, wild rice, and wild meats or fish would make a wonderful feast with a First Nations focus.
Most ingredients may be obtained at your local Health food store.
Original and healthy!
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