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Invented By The Navajos Maybe, But Alaskans Swear Fry Bread Is All Their Own

June 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Non-native Alaskans associate the state with many things – oil, gold, salmon, moose, dog mushing, Sarah Palin, etc. But native Alaskans add a fairly obscure – some say “magic” – item,  with murky origins in Southwest U.S. Navajo culture, to the list: fry bread. Whether made savory or sweet, the high-calorie airy treat crafted by Garfield Katasse, starts the day as 175 pounds of wheat dough. Katasse – owner of the Famous Fry Bread shop – spends all day hand working the dough, stretching slices into disks that are then cooked in hot canola oil in a big stainless steel tub until puffy and golden brown. Devotees from as far away as California swear his product is better than any other fry bread they’ve ever tasted.
Jeremy Hsieh, "Fry bread: An Alaska Native treat with a mysterious origin", KTOO News, June 23, 2014, © KTOO News / Alaska Public Television
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