A traditional dish of various southwestern Native American tribes. You can make it yourself on a camping trip to the desert. Also spelled napalitos. Thanks to www.nativetech.org for a few variations on this recipe.
- 1 paddle of the Prickly Pear Cactus
- Vegetable or animal oil, or butter.
- A pinch of salt
- saucepan (optional)
- pliers or leatherman
- De-thorn the cactus paddle. Use the pliers for the larger thorns, and singe off the smaller ones with the fire.
- Dice the paddle, or cut it into strips. You may also want to soften the cactus in boiling water at this point.
- Sautee the cactus with the butter or vegetable oil. Throw in onions or peppers for flavor.
- Add salt and serve. Goes well with eggs.
Serves two Apache