Thursday, July 16, 2009

time for okra again


Last week we went to a new once-a-week farmer's market, one of several that have popped up around town. I was excited to buy a bag of okra since I haven't gotten around to planting any of my own this summer.

In the past, I've always pan fried my okra, but this time we decided to pull out the deep fryer and do some sweet potato fries, too. We keep trying sweet potato fries because I think I have this memory (maybe it was a dream) of getting them right once, but they keep coming out soggy. I love them so much in restaurants. What's the trick?

Anyway, I really over did it on the fried food and was close to swearing off okra all together because I ate so much. The way E breaded and fried it would convince any okra hater to love the slimy veggie!

Here's how: dredge 1/2" slices of okra in flour, then dunk in a wash of 1/2 milk 1/2 egg, then coat in cornbread with a little salt. Fry until browned at 350. So crunchy! I wonder if there's still enough time to get some of my own in the ground.

8 comments:

  1. I love okra too. My hubby hates it so I only eat it when we are out. Also, there is a new farmers market coming soon on Phillips Hwy near that new Lowes but on the other side of the road, and there is another new one behind the sporting goods store at the town center this one is only open a couple days out of the week. I'll find out what days and give you an update.

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  2. My planting zone calendar says you have til mid August to plant if you are starting from seed.

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  3. OMG! I love fried okra! Yours looks so good!

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  4. Our compliments to Chef E.

    Thanks for sharing the okra. They were great!

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  5. i think the secret is a little olive oil, baking, and then turning the oven up at the end. let's try it!

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  6. town center farmer's market is friday afternoon/evening.

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  7. OOH... I drove by the phillips Hwy farmers market and It's now open. Hubby and I are going to check it out tommorrow.

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  8. Phillips hwy was total dissapointment as far as the food goes. It is in a very cool art gallery though. Beautiful pottery, bead necklaces and paintings. Various artist rent out a floor section there.Very neat!!!Also, I saw a recipe in Martha stewart living and she cut her okra length wise, seems like a good idea...

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