Thursday, July 14, 2022

Native American Corn Frittata Inspired by Blackbear Bosin

This simple brunch, lunch, or supper frittata is inspired by a recipe submitted to the Mid-America All-Indian Center Cookbook by renowned artist Blackbear Bosin. It’s an easy skillet meal filled with veggies and smoky bacon, then topped with cheese. I serve it with a salad on the side, but the frittata can be a complete meal all on its own.

Lately, I’ve had two criteria for my dinner meal planning. One is the menu must be simple. It’s summer, after all. The other is the food must be soothing since the medication I’m on for my autoimmune disease can do a real number on my stomach and appetite. I typically have the ingredients for this frittata on hand, so it makes a fast and easy dish for a busy weeknight supper or weekend brunch.

Last year, I visited the Mid-America All-Indian Museum in Wichita, Kansas. I bought a copy of the museum’s cookbook before I left and was thrilled to find a recipe submitted by artist Blackbear Bosin. He designed the iconic Keeper of the Plains statue on the Arkansas River outside the museum. 

He also painted some beautiful pieces, such as one titled Prairie Fire, which was in National Geographic magazine. Bosin also drew several humorous cartoons featuring Native Americans.

On my first try, I made his recipe just as written, but it didn’t turn out to my liking. I wasn’t happy with the flavor of the frozen O’Brien potatoes, and there was too much bacon and corn and not enough egg. And no cheese.

This notation came at the end of the recipe. I’m assuming it was from Bosin: “This recipe is based on memories of long time past. This is a basic frittata. The ingredients are unique to the Native American cooking style [except the cheese]. Quantities and cooking times will vary based on the number of servings desired.”

Keeping in mind that the dish was meant to be like a frittata, I increased the number of eggs, cut back on the bacon, and added cheddar cheese. I also swapped out the frozen potatoes for diced pre-cooked potatoes, onion, and green pepper. 

The results were perfect—a one-skillet meal full of veggies and protein. I can see myself turning to this dish often when I want a simple dinner packed with nutrition. 

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  1. I'm trying a few of some Native American Recipes for our Thanksgiving and Birthday celebration, thank you for sharing ❤️!

  2. This was absolutely delicious. I left out the corn and used egg substitute “just eggs’ and it was delicious! Thanks!!

  3. When was this recipe written?

    1. The recipe from the cookbook isn't dated, but the cookbook was published in 2013. My version was adapted in 7/2022.