OKRA

PC: Will Overman

DESCRIPTION: I thought I'd take a minute to appreciate okra. For those of you who fear okra for its slime, have no fear! You only need high heat. Fresh okra that's cooked at a high temperature for less time is generally way less slimy. One CSA member told me she's been throwing it on the grill and another throws it in a hot skillet and cooks it until just tender with some garlic and spices. I've been roasting it and I can't stop eating it. And then, of course, you can always bread it with cornmeal and buttermilk and fry it like a true North Carolinian. How do you like your okra?

Remember to always cook okra at a high heat if you don't love it's potential for slime. Roast itgrill it, or sear it. Don't mind the slime? You can stew okra with tomatoes or make gumbo. Or make quick pickles to enjoy or gift this fall or winter. 

STORAGE: Store okra in a paper bag in your fridge for several days. 

RECIPE: Roasted Okra serves 4

NOTE: you can also add in other vegetables to this recipe. I like sungolds cut in half for color or other tomatoes or even chopped water gourd!

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice a small onion into thin crescents. Cut the caps off the okra and slice in half(do this right before cooking to minimize slime!) Combine okra and onion in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Toss to combine and roast for 10-12 minutes or until okra is tender and the onion is just beginning to brown. Toss with chopped fresh mint or basil and serve.

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