Saturday, August 20, 2005

Sweet mother of...

When you first see it, plopped down on a paper plate in all its caloric bliss, the round, doughy treat is so appealing, so alluring it's hard to believe this wondrous sight can cause anything but delight.

But fry bread, that fluffy concoction American Indian women lovingly make in their kitchens and people line up for at powwows and western fairs, has come under attack as a hazard to health.


"It's like a craving you get for it, the aroma of it. You have to try to keep yourself from it," she said, taking a break from serving the lunch crowd.

To say fry bread is tasty isn't doing it justice. It's scrumptious, sweet, and puts a crazy spell on anyone who craves it.

But it's loaded with pesky calories _ at least 700 for one paper-plate size piece _ plus a whopping 27 grams of fat, according to a nutritional analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


In Phoenix, there is the popular Fry Bread House restaurant, where you can get fry bread pretty much anyway you want. The most sinful? Fry bread topped with gooey chocolate syrup and oozing with butter.

Why have I never heard of, much less tasted, this?

Fry Bread
noun, Native American
Flat discs of dough that are deep-fried and topped with honey or refried beans; usually found in Arizona and New Mexico.