Recently I visited my farmers market and they had fresh okra. Now let me just tell you that I have never had okra before unless it was possibly hidden in gumbo. So my husband and I decided we were going to be open minded to try something new. We bought a carton of the okra that contained about 10 oz.
We immediately came home and looked up a few okra recipes. I think we stayed away from okra before because you always hear that it’s a slimy vegetable. We also discovered that it’s important to use the smaller vegetable pods for sauteing.
Just a few of Okra’s Health Benefits
During my research I discovered that okra is great for people that suffer from sore throats, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and even depression. This little vegetable is packed with dietary fiber.
Okra Sauteed with Bacon
10 oz small fresh okra, rinsed, ends trimmed
2 sliced of thick cut bacon, chopped into 1/2 inch dice
1/2 Vidalia onion, julienned
Salt and Pepper to taste
Begin with a 12 inch skillet and fry the bacon on medium heat for about 5 mins the bacon will start to release its fat. Add the onions and okra and increase the heat to medium high. Sauteed until the okra is tender crisp about 17 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
Since having this simple recipe a few weeks ago we have made the okra twice. It’s one of my new found favorites.
What’s one of your favorite ways of serving okra? Leave your comments below.
Photo by clayirving
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