I have lived in the South for quite a while...well, I have lived in the South only.
So obviously I was introduced to okra early on.
Fried okra, as well as fried everything else (pickles? Tomatoes?).
Fried food is a sometime food at our house, and considered a "special treat"
(aka if we eat out).
Back to the okra, last week I took care of a couple of cats for a friend of mine,
setting off her home alarm, and not able to turn it off
she gave me a bag of okra right from her huge garden. (think of an entire back yard transformed into a veggie garden).
I debated how to cook the okra.
I didn't want to mess with frying it, and Ineeded something simple and quick.
So I decided to make them (almost) the same way I bake green beans.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Arrange the okra on a baking sheet, one layer only.
Drizzle olive oil over the okra.
Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
When ready out of the oven, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
So all you need is:
Fresh Whole Okra
Cracked Black Pepper
***The reason why I add the salt at the end, is because salt will bring out the water in vegetables, making them softer and soggy.
My grandma taught me that.
So for a crispier okra, add it at the end.***
We enjoyed okra this way very much.
Super easy and delicious.
You know it was a hit when your husband has to tell the children that they can't just eat okra for dinner.
Our dinner consisted of fried okra, mashed potatoes/carrots combo (got to add some extra colored veggies in there), and our favorite