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Sep 20, 2007 06:00 AM

Two pounds of OKRA, ideas?

Just got two pounds of okra at the farmers' market. Any preparation suggestions? Can I freeze some? I've used it in a black bean soup and with stewed tomatoes as a side dish but would like to try some other uses.

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  1. I like to take okra and slice in 1/2 and toss with olive oil, garlic, kosher salt and pepper. Spread them out on a baking sheet and sprinkle w/ parmesan cheese and bake it the oven.

    1. Macque Choux. Great this time of year because it uses lots of seasonal veggies.

      6 scallions, chopped
      1 fresh jalapeño, finely chopped, with seeds (I've used cayenne instead)
      1 large green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
      3 tablespoons unsalted butter
      1 pound tomatoes, coarsely chopped
      3 cups corn (from 5 to 6 ears)
      1/2 pound small fresh okra, trimmed, keeping stem end intact

      Cook scallions, jalapeño, bell pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until scallions begin to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until broken down into a sauce, about 15 minutes.

      Add corn and okra and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 15 minutes.

      1. Break out the canning equipment and do spicy pickled okra.

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        1. re: glutton

          I was just thinking this!
          My grandmother always pickled ocra and it loved it.

        2. Years ago we grew a small amount of okra in the backyard - I would slice it into half inch sections - little wheels - and lightly fry in a little butter or oil and add it to the spaghetti sauce. It was a way of getting a little vegetable into the kids' diet. That might use a little but not 2 pounds.

          1. Slice into 1/2 inch rounds and coat with cornmeal. Then panfry for a few minutes each side until golden brown. Salt and cayenne pepper and let sit for a minute unless you want to fry the inside of your mouth. This will be the best snack ever. I could probably eat 4 lbs of okra fried like this in one setting.

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            1. re: ESNY

              Amen, fry it, Baby! Bread it and fry it and then eat it for hours!!! Leftover fried okra can perk back up with a few minutes in the toaster oven or oven. I could eat this all day.