Thursday, September 9, 2010

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ARE YOU AFRAID OF OKRA?

(Poor misunderstood okra!)

It's slimy, right?
WRONG.
It's for creole and cajun, right?
WRONG.
It's hard to cook, right?
WRONG.
It tastes funny, right?
REALLY WRONG.

Fresh okra is incredibly delicious,
easy to prepare and totally unslippery
if cooked right.
So if you're new to okra, give it a try.
It's in season at farmers markets now,
and here's a foolproof recipe, ok?

ø Wash a handful of fresh okra,
rub the fuzz off with a rough brush.
ø Heat 4 tbsp. oil in sauce pan or wok, smoking hot.
ø At the last minute, slice okra on bias
to create diagonal pieces, spread in hot pan.
(Searing okra eliminates the slime.)
ø Let sear 3-4 minutes, turn once, don't stir.
ø Once browned, add chopped tomatoes,
chopped garlic clove, chopped 1/2 onion,
and chopped celery stalk; saute hot 1-minute.
ø Add 1/2 cup stock, salt/pepper, reduce & serve.

Poof! You're an okra lover!

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