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Old 08-03-2007, 02:05 PM   #1
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Any tips for how to make okra?

I ususally use okra as an ingredient is curries, stews, and such, but I've never really made anything where it the featured much. It seems to be a much-maligned food in some circles , so I'd be curious to hear how you might "dress up" okra and make it something special.

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Old 08-03-2007, 02:51 PM   #2
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My mom used to fry it along with her green tomatoes.
As a kid, that was a day to see what my friends were
having for dinner and lay plans...
I kind of like it now.

Had it boiled once, it was the consistency of snot. Great fun
watching the others at the table try to eat it!

I just pickled about 8 pints of okra, which is my favorite way to make it.

Otherwise, all I know for okra is stews and soups. I bet it would be good
stuffed with goat cheese somehow... hmmmm....
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:13 PM   #3
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I also love it pickled & in curries, jambalaya, gumbo, cooked with stewed tomatoes, etc., etc. Also like it sliced, breaded, & fried.

One way that I haven't tried yet, but plan to, is to star it in its own Indian-style side dish like all my Indian cookbooks have recipes for.
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:20 PM   #4
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I would dress it up and send it on its way out the door. I hate the stuff.
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:29 PM   #5
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I would dress it up and send it on its way out the door. I hate the stuff.
Ha! I think that's why I want to explore it more, because so many people dont like it, and I'm a sucker for an underdog!

It's green, funny-tasting, and slimy. Come on, what's not to like?
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:32 PM   #6
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You may have my share, TLP!
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:36 PM   #7
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I also love it pickled & in curries, jambalaya, gumbo, cooked with stewed tomatoes, etc., etc. Also like it sliced, breaded, & fried.

One way that I haven't tried yet, but plan to, is to star it in its own Indian-style side dish like all my Indian cookbooks have recipes for.
Yeah, I've had some really tast okra at Indian places. I'll do some looking and see what I can come up with re:the Indian angle...

And there's always breading and frying it, but I kind of feel like breading and frying something is often an admission of defeat. Like "what the **** do I do with this? I know! Bread and fry it, because EVERYTHING tastes yummy breaded and fried!"

edit: I said "h-e-double-hockey-sticks" and it bleeped me!
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I toss mine with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill it, whole. Use a fish or burger basket. I grill it just til it has a little char on it, and I can eat it every day.
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Old 08-03-2007, 03:40 PM   #9
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I toss mine with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill it, whole. Use a fish or burger basket. I grill it just til it has a little char on it, and I can eat it every day.
That sounds GREAT!

Oh, to have a grill...
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:03 PM   #10
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Maques choux.

Cook bacon in a large skillet, till crisp. Remove, but leave fat behind (2T). Sauté diced onion and a few chopped cloves of garlic till translucent. Add 4 c fresh corn kernels and sauté for 5 minutes. Add 10 okra, sliced, along with S&P, and chopped green onions. Just before serving add 2T melted butter. Top with crumbled bacon.

This is delicious.
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