I tried growing Okra in the garden this year. When I told people this, most of them laughed and said "let me know how that goes". You see, Southern Ontario doesn't really have a climate that okra needs to thrive. Especially not this year! We've had a cold, wet summer for the most part. However, the plants still grew and I have been getting some okra off of them. Not too much, but enough to have a little taste of it a few times through the summer. So far, the only thing I've made with it is fried okra because that's all I really know. Before growing it, I had only tried it once. I'm not sure I want to try anything else though, because I just love it this way.
Sidenote: I am not from the south, nor do I claim to be. If I have completely defiled this dish, please forgive me and set me straight.
5-6 okra pods
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1. Slice okra into 1/2 inch slices. Soak in buttermilk for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl.
2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the okra to the cornmeal mixture, draining off as much milk as possible.
3. Coat okra with cornmeal mixture.
4. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add okra. Fry until brown and crispy. Enjoy!
Makes 2-4 servings (2 if I'm eating it - 4 if normal people are eating it).
This recipe is being shared at the Grocery Cart Challenge recipe swap.