Sautauthig and a First/Last Celebration of Cooperation

The harvest feast- now known as the “first Thanksgiving”- between the Wampanoags and the English settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621, was a brief celebration of unity.

Sautauthig, a Wampanoag dish, was likely served at the feast. The measured recipe was originally at but has since been removed. An unmeasured, perhaps more authentic recipe:



dry samp

dried, crushed blueberries

optional: milk, salt, butter, maple syrup or honey 

Heat water until almost simmering. Add samp while stirring. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally. Add blueberries and stir. 


If desired, add any optional ingredients and stir.


  1. acilius

     /  November 25, 2008

    Sounds interesting. What’s “samp”?

  2. cymast

     /  November 25, 2008

    Wow! You’re asking me for a word definition! November 25, 2008.

    Actually, I didn’t know what “samp” was until a few days ago, when I was researching “first Thanksgiving” food. Samp is a New England term, and is traditionally known as dried, cracked corn. It also refers to cornmeal or prepared cornmeal mush.

  3. cymast

     /  November 25, 2008

    And you’re right, I made some sautauthig and it does indeed taste interesting . .

  4. acilius

     /  November 25, 2008

    Well, you may talk us into it for next Thanksgiving, but I think it’s already too late for this year. We’re going to be avoiding the grocery for a while.

  5. cymast

     /  November 25, 2008

    Well, it’s not something I’d serve to others, unless they already know what it tastes like, and they like it.

  6. acilius

     /  November 25, 2008

    Seeing that I live with someone who doesn’t eat berries, I don’t suppose I’ll be preparing that any time soon.

  7. cymast

     /  November 25, 2008

    Wow, how can anybody not eat berries?

  8. acilius

     /  November 26, 2008

    I don’t know. She’ll eat grapes and sometimes strawberries, but that’s it.

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