Looking for a quick, easy, versatile dinner idea? Congrats, you found it! Navajo Fry Bread (again, courtesy of pinterest) is an easy-to-work-with dough that you, well, fry. And, if being fried isn’t enough to convince you on it’s own, consider that it’s basically just as easy as tacos to throw together as a meal, but seems so much fancier! (Unless you’re one of those people. You know, the ones that even make their own tortillas? Yeah… I’m not one of them, obviously…) You fry up the bread, then serve with whatever toppings you have on hand: rice, sour cream, ranch dressing, shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, chopped tomatoes or sweet peppers, corn, olives, leftover taco/fajita/whatever meat, refried beans, kidney beans, pinto beans… you get the idea. It’s also really easy to make it vegetarian!
Two things before you dive in: 1. I know you’re looking at the ingredients and thinking, “Powdered milk? I’ll just leave that out since I don’t have any on hand…” DON’T DO IT. Every traditional fry bread recipe I’ve EVER seen uses powdered milk. For a reason. It makes your dough more manageable for one. It also affects the flavor. (True story.) Plus, powdered milk will stay good for a LOOOONG time, so just suck it up and get some already. 2. If you have a second, check out the place where pinterest got this recipe so you can learn a little about the history of fry bread, too!
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon powdered milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water
Vegetable oil for frying
Extra flour to flour your hands
Stir 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 until it starts to form one big clump. Flour your hands well. Using your hands, begin to mix the dough, trying to get all the flour into the mixture to form a ball. You want to mix well WITHOUT kneading (which will toughen your dough).
Cut the dough into four (4) pieces. Using your floured hands, shape, stretch, pat, and form a disk of about 5 to 7 inches in diameter. In a deep heavy pot, heat the vegetable oil to about 350 degrees F. Take the formed dough and gently place it into the oil, being careful not to splatter the hot oil. Fry until brown, and then flip to fry the other side. Each side will take approximately 3 to 4 minutes to cook. Place the cooked Fry Bread on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.