Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fried Okra

Okra - you either love it or hate it. There is seldom an in-between affection with Okra. However, I'm one of those in-betweenies. Depending how Okra is prepared, I really enjoy it. My favorite is Grilled Okra, but occasionally, we indulge in fried okra (the only way my husband will eat it). Four of our favorite versions for Fried Okra are listed below.

Okra belongs to the NightShade group of fruits/vegetables, is a great source of fiber, contains Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B6, B12 and several other important vitamins. For a comprehensive listing of vitamins and minerals, please see our "About Okra" page.

Paula Deen of the Food Network Channel has an easy, traditional Southern Fried Okra recipe sure to please lovers of crunchy, munchie-style foods. Serve them as snacks, side dishes, hor dourves and even on pizza!

Paula's easy, two-and-a-half-minute VIDEO recipe contains five ingredients:

Canola Oil

She slices the okra, lightly pours a little buttermilk, tosses the Okra in the milk, pouring out the excess. Then she lightly tosses in flour, places the okra into a prepared skillet and fries it.

Officially, her more elaborate recipe includes other ingredients. Just click here to see the recipe and video for her second recipe. 

For Paula's Cajun Twist, check out her yummy recipe by clicking here.

For an interesting change in an old classic,  Sunny Anderson, also of the Food Network, inspires with a healthier option using Canola Oil, Okra, Salt and Sage Leaves! Mmmmm! Sunny's recipe also has a video. Just click here to see what she shares.

Finally, and our all time favorite, is Paula's "Cajun Tempura Okra with Scallion Dipping Sauce". Yummmmmmmm! This recipe contains more ingredients, but is always a "surprising" crowd pleaser with our friends. Paula's Cajun Tempura recipe is located on the Food Network's site here.

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