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any recipe idea that prominently feature okra? a friend gave me a grocery bag full from her garden.

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  1. Easiest is best:

    Slice up (1/2" thick rounds - discard the stem end), toss with fine ground corn meal, a little s&p. It's ok, even preferable, for the slime to ooze out - makes the cornmeal stick better. Pan fry (stirring often) in wok or saute pan with a little oil. Serve as veg/side dish.

    1. A recipe to use up a few (it's a little laborious): Slit the okra open down the side, pack full of a mixture of sesame or white poppy seeds and indian spices, and pan fry at very high heat til just beginning to char. A very nice Indian vegetable dish, good with something saucy.

      1. When I hear okra, I think fried with cornmeal. Also pickled, or I think time to make a good gumbo. I know you wanted "prominent", but my first choice would be gumbo. Chicken and sausage gumbo.

        Link: http://www.gumbopages.com/food/pickle...

        Also try: http://gumbopages.master.com/texis/ma...

        1. In peanut butter stew with sweet potatoes - yum! I made this the other night and it was delicious - I added cauliflower to really pack it with vegetables.

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

          Also, I freeze it to ensure a year-round supply of okra.

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          1. re: Petitpois

            do you freeze it cooked, as i do, in some sauce or stew, or plain uncooked? if the latter, can it be frozen in a 'pile' or must one lay it out on flat surface, separated, like blueberries? thanks much.

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              I freeze it raw and in a pile. I'm lazy! I do wash and dry it, though. Then, throw it into a ziploc and freeze. Surprisingly, they don't stick together.

              1. re: Petitpois

                thanks! so very helpful. you know, i get it in a version stewed with tomatoes, onion, olives, at a dominican restnt north of boston. they call it 'molondrone'. that may just be what it's called in the dom repub. because i asked a puerto rican friend about it and he'd never heard that word.

          2. A simple and delicious variation of an Armenian green bean dish: Saute chopped onion in olive oil. Add okra (trim stems, but avoid slitting the pods), a bit of water, chopped tomatoes, s&p. Cook until okra is done and liquid is reduced to a thick sauce. Serve hot, cold or room temp.