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O is for Okra

It's July, so this is a great time of year to enjoy fresh vegetables. If your local farmer's market has unfortunately been sidelined because of Covid-19 precautions, there's lots of good stuff in the grocery stores, especially Central Market. Today's recipe is a genuinely classic Texas dish - Fried Okra and Potatoes. Remember to choose the small okra pods. The large ones are tougher.

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Fried Okra and Potatoes

This is a dish my husband loves, and he professes to hate okra! Not the deep-fried, batter-dipped variety, this is quick -- something you can keep an eye on while the rest of your supper cooks. And remember, the larger the okra pod, the tougher, so choose small pods.

  • 1 pound fresh okra
  • 2 large potatoes (baking type -- not new potatoes)
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  1. Wash okra and cut off stem ends. Cut in 1/2-inch pieces. Peel potatoes and chop into 1/2-inch dice. Put okra and potatoes in large bowl. Add chopped onion to mixture.
  2. Sprinkle cornmeal, salt and pepper over mixture. Stir until cornmeal is evenly distributed throughout mixture.
  3. Heat cooking oil in large skillet over medium heat (oil should be hot, but not smoking hot). Carefully spoon okra/potato mixture into hot oil.
  4. Fry, turning mixture occasionally, until potatoes are done and mixture is nicely browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Makes enough for 4 or 5 hungry people.

Note:Another favorite recipe is Grandma's Fried Okra. Just the fried okra, ma'm!

Kitchen tools you'll need:
Mixing Bowls, Skillet

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