Archive for November 17th, 2011

Roasted Okra? You Betcha!


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Hippie Yuppie Sister called the other day and said the woman in front of her at the grocery store was buying a huge amount of okra. HYS asked her what she was going to do with it and the lady said, “Roast it! It’s just great that way!”

So she asked me, “You grow okra. Did you ever roast it?”  I said, “Never heard of it, but I’ll check it out.”

I went to the Google Gods and found that roasted okra is just about the hippest thing around. Great and my okra plants just froze to death.

But never fear! I still had a bit left in the fridge, so last night I tried Roasted Okra and I’m definitely a new fan. Though this isn’t your classic Thanksgiving Day recipe, it sure would make a great snack while watching the big game.  It’s nice and crunchy, you can spice it up anyway you’d like and the slim is nowhere to be found.

Plus, it’s incredibly easy. And that’ s the best part.

Simple ingredients

Like I said, I didn’t have much okra left and next time I’d make a whole bunch at one time.

Preheat the oven to 450. Then cut off the pod heads and ends. On the smaller pieces, I didn’t even cut off the tiny tip end.

Trimmed Okra

I also took the big long okra that sneaks up on you and cut it into large chunks. Tasted just the same and I didn’t have a problem with it being stringy.

Then, simply drizzle it with olive oil, toss and add salt and pepper. I find the Sea Salt holds on to the okra much better. You could also add chili pepper or any other seasoning that you like.

Wish I’d had more okra

Then, spread it out on a pan.

Ready to go in the oven

Roast it 7 minutes and then flip all the pieces for even browning.

See how it’s browning up?

Then cook another 8 minutes or so until you have both sides nice and brown.  Pull it out of the oven and serve it up.

I inhaled it in minutes

You can use this as a side dish, a snack or even on top of a salad. Just great!

Roasted Okra
A pound (or more) of fresh okra
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Trim ends off okra. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, turning to insure evening browning. Serve immediately.

Since next week is Thanksgiving week and most all of us will be hither or yon, I’ll do my column on Monday and then a few fun Thanksgiving things for the rest of the week. Enjoy your holiday, drive safe and eat as much as you want.

Just don’t forget to keep laughing through it all!

Spreading okra throughout the world…one crunch at a time.

Mikie Baker