Week 2. Frozen food aisle. I see a bag of okra and think, "Hmmm, okra. That would be a nice change. I'll buy a bag!"
Week 3. Frozen food aisle. I see a bag of okra and think, "Hmmm, okra. That would be a nice change. I'll buy a bag!"
Week 3. Back at our house. My husband wants to know why there's so much freakin' okra in the freezer considering we've never, in the 15-year history of our relationship, consumed okra in any form.
He suggests that maybe I start looking up okra recipes and figuring out how to get the three pounds of frozen okra out of the freezer and into our bellies, so we have room to store some foods we actually eat.
Enter....the faux-fried okra!
I saw a photo of fried okra in a magazine, but the recipe was stupid-hard and I don't own a deep fryer. Nor do I want to get into the habit of deep frying things at my house, because let's be real, okra is just a gateway drug. Today I'm deep-frying green vegetables, tomorrow I'm eating funnel cake for breakfast.
So here's my take on a sauteed okra that tastes a whole lot like deep-fried okra.
- a bag of frozen okra, thawed
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup crushed Honeycombs (or any corn cereal)
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- pinch of Italian seasoning
- dash of hot sauce
- olive oil
1. Grease a skillet with a little bit of olive oil.
2. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and hot sauce together. Stir in the okra until it's completely coated, then strain the excess egg goo out of there.
4. Toss the gooey okra in the dry crumb mix.
5. Throw the whole shebang into the skillet and cook until the breadcrumb mix starts turning brown.
Now, it turns out I'm not a huge fan of okra. But this made it totally edible, even borderline delicious. I can't wait to try it on a veggie I love, like peas -- my head might explode.