“My mama fried okra but my daddy fed me chocolate!”
People either love okra or they hate it. There is very little room for “maybe”! Okra is plentiful and low cost this time of year…if you don’t have it in your garden the chances are good that a generous neighbor, the local grocery or Farmer’s Market will have a good supply.
I found an interesting method for preparing this little veg. It can be washed, cut and dropped into stews or soups. We have a nephew in Mississippi who makes a mean mess of fried okra every so once in awhile. He considers this as comfort food. I do not know HIS cooking method, but here is the one I found out there on the ‘net:
*This process is MESSY. Start with 3 cups of flour but plan to use more.
Wash the veg carefully. Slice into 1/2″ pieces. Discard the ends. Put the cut okra into a colander.
Use a ‘batch’ of Crisco; let it melt. *This is not your average health conscious recipe, just in case you wondered. As the Crisco melts, break a half dozen eggs into a bowl and beat them slightly.
Fill another bowl with flour and now you have set up assembly line stations with the last stop being your fryer or skillet.
With your hands, toss a handful of okra into the flour. Shake off the excess and drop the floured okra into the egg mixture. Then put the floured/egged mess into the flour once again. Fry this until it is golden brown. Drain on a cooky sheet on paper towels.
SIDEBAR: In the interest of frugality, paper towels could be eliminated by using old towels, old T-shirts or any other large clean rag. END SIDEBAR.
As soon as you get it to the spot where it will drain and while it is very hot, salt it thoroughly.
Repeat this process until all the okra is fried.
Some people eat okra just as it comes out of the fryer; others like to dip it into Parmesan cheese and/or ketchup.
I think you could have a bunch of fun with this. Kids love to get their hands all goopy and they would have a great time “helping”…I’ll leave that decision to Mommy and Daddy.
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