World Food Challenge

Day 188: United States of America and Poyha

Good evening, Raffies!

Today we are going to the USA! Finding a recipe for this country was a challenge. I decided to search for something from the Native Americans and I found Poyha.

It is an ancient Native American meatloaf with corn, cornmeal, grapes, meat and bacon.
Usually, minced meat of buffalo, elk or turkey are used. We went with turkey, because unfortunately we could not find any buffalo or elk.

The recipe is simple:

500 g ground elk or buffalo or turkey (beef also works)
2 tbsp oil
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 can corn
1 c seedless crapes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 eggs
1 c cornmeal
1 tsp paprika
1/s tsp garlic salt
salt and pepper

Start by blending the corn in a blender or food processor. Now join the corn, grapes, onion, eggs in a bowl. Mix until the eggs are well mixed in. Add paprika, garlic salt and pepper.
In a pan, fry the bacon and minced meat, until brown.
Heat the oven to 180 ° C.
Add the meat and bacon to the mixture in the bowl. Now pour the cornmeal a bit at the time into the mixture and mix well. Use your hands to mix it better.
It has to be moist, but not runny.
Pour in a Dutch oven or a baking form, cover and bake for 45 minutes.
Leave it to cool down for about 15 minutes, slice and serve.
Serve with ketchup, gravy or salsa. Enjoy!

As a fan of cornmeal, I enjoyed the recipe and would very much love to learn about the Native American cuisine.

Love,

Raffi

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