“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.
We have enjoyed the comments that have poured in. We so appreciate people taking the time to share their thoughts and experiences via the comment panel and the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are thrilled to welcome new Members, too! It is gratifying to know that we are contributing to others’ lives with our recipes, tips and support. We GET how hard it is to maintain a food budget, particularly if you depend on public assistance to make it happen. You are welcomed as a member, too, if you are living on a dime.
If you are using SNAP or WIC funds; if you depend on help from a food pantry or food commodities or any other source, we have dedicated this little blog to YOU. We are not selling anything; we do not judge you. We admire your ability to cope and manage.
Do enjoy frying okra and please remember: you are dearly loved.
The FTC wants you to know there are links on this page. Should they be clicked, resulting in sales, your humble blogger would be fairly compensated. Please do your due diligence when conducting affairs online or offline. Always do business with those you trust implicitly