Food

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe

Food

This page was created to be a compilation of Otoe-Missouria recipes. More recipes will be added shortly. If you are a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and would like to submit your recipe, please contact hpayne@omtribe.org.

Otoe Pumpkin & Corn Recipe

submitted by Linda Francis, Owl Clan

1 whole fresh pumpkin (you can also use canned pumpkin, but Linda recommends fresh)
1 bag dried sweet corn (can also use fresh)
Cinnamon—to taste
Sugar—to taste

Directions: Remove seeds and "guts" from pumpkin. Cut meat from rind. Cube pumpkin meat and place pumpkin in pot on stove. Cook until soft. Boil dried sweet corn. Corn is cooked when it is soft. Once cooled, combine cooked pumpkin and corn. Add cinnamon and sugar to taste. This amount varies depending on the size of your pumpkin and your preference. Add sugar slowly. You do not want to add too much sugar so that the flavor of the pumpkin is overwhelmed by sweetness. The combination should result in a gently sweet, pumpkin combination with a pleasant spice hint. VARIATION: Another tribal member recommends using brown sugar instead of the white sugar and cinnamon. Remember that our ancestors didn’t use measuring cups and spoons. Learn to trust your own palette and experiment with the balance of flavors.