24 September 2008

the return of what's cooking wednesday...

...this week we're going southern for a cause. michelle is hosting a contest O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest (september) & around here, one of the most common "O" foods is okra.now for this yankee-born girl okra was a bit of an acquired texture (the taste is just fine!) because, you see, okra is a bit slimy mingled with crunchy~~ a very odd combination to be sure. this time of year okra is abundant in the farmers' markets of the southern US & is making a weekly appearance on our table, providing a good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamins B9 & C, & calcium. for this week's what's cooking wednesday recipe, D. provides his "secret" okra recipe (perfected while i was deep in my summer classes & off kitchen duty!)
fried okra
*slice okra to make approx. 2 cups
*beat 1 egg in a medium bowl & soak sliced okra in egg
*combine 1/2 c. AP flour, 1/2 c. cornmeal, fresh ground pepper & course sea salt (to taste)
*toss egged okra in flour mixture then fry coated okra over medium heat in olive oil until browned
*drain on a paper towel & serve
*yields approx. 4 servingsi served this side with applewood smoked turkey breast & roasted sweet potatoes (another farmer's market find this week). be sure to visit shan for more what's cooking wednesday recipes (another man in the kitchen, i see) & michelle for more information about ovarian cancer awareness. buon appetito a tutti!!


Annie said...

Ahah! Now the secret is out. I love okra. Odd thing is, Don, southern Missouri boy, does not care for it. So, not seen on our table much at all. **sigh**

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

I (another yankee girl) love okra; this looks great! Thanks so much for participating QdB ;)

Sally said...

I have to admit, I'm not a fan of Okra (it's the slimy thing you mentioned). But, fried to give it a bit of crunch does sound good, especially if you promise to serve it with smoked turkey breast and roast sweet potatoes. (That top picture is lovely.)

Anonymous said...

I want to like okra. I really do! :)

qualcosa di bello said...

annie...maybe he had too much of the stuff in his childhood??

michelle...do you get this yummy verdura over there?? thanks for doing the O foods awareness!

sally...my table is your table!!!

maryann...that's what my kids say!