I visited the West Little Rock Farmer's Market last Monday and loaded up on some beautiful and yummy okra. I can't resist fresh okra. Below is my favorite okra recipe. It's hearty, savory and just delightful.
Fresh Okra and Tomatoes (straight out of the Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook)
8 slices bacon
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups sliced okra (1 pound)
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups tomato, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black or white pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat till crisp. Remove bacon, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings in skillet; discard remaining drippings. Crumble bacon, and set aside.
Stir flour into reserved drippings, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until roux is caramel-colored (10-15 minutes).
Add okra, onion, and garlic, cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in tomato and remaining 3 ingredients. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until okra is tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with reserved crumbled bacon. Yields 4 large servings.
We served ours alongside delicious, grass-fed, NY strip steaks. :) Hubby is not a tomato lover, but he really enjoys this dish. Hope you like it!
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