Wednesday, August 3, 2011

More Ideas for Okra

RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb_thumb[3] First of all, a big congratulations to my fellow mystery-loving cooks, Cleo and Sheila for their releases yesterday! Hope you’ll grab a copy of Cleo’s Murder by Mocha, the paperback edition of Roast Mortem, and Sheila’s Bitter Harvest. Can’t wait to read mine! Remember to enter Cleo’s contest: details here.

One thing about growing okra—you get to the point where you have okra coming out of your ears!

It grows like crazy in the South and before you know it, you’re trying to come up with new ways to enjoy it. It’s either that, or give it away (which is one option I’ve already taken. Popular with my neighbors, but I’d rather hang onto my okra!) :)

It’s just so good, though, that we’ll keep on growing it each summer. And here’s a skillet recipe for preparing it that’s an adaptation of an old Cajun dish, Maque Choux. The nice thing about this recipe is that you’re also taking advantage of the fresh corn that’s available right now. You could also add other ingredients to this dish, like onion and garlic. And…it’s super-simple to make.


Corn and Okra Sauté

1/4 pound sliced Jalapeno Cheese sausage (available at the store)
3 cups fresh corn kernels
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup sliced okra

Place sliced sausage in a skillet and brown (3-4 minutes). Add the remaining ingredients and sauté about 10 minutes.


Got any more ideas for cooking okra? Please share! :)

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  1. I've never prepared fresh okra in my life. I've eaten pickled okra rolled-up in cream cheese smeared ham. 8-)

  2. We love okra. I make my husband an okra stew that is made with stew meat, onions, garlic, tomatoes and is served over steamed rice. Yum. Thanks for sharing your recipe today.

  3. Dawn--Pickled okra in cream cheese smeared ham?! What heaven is this?~! I'll be checking that out!

    Denise--You know, that is a GREAT idea. Wonder if it freezes well? I could see me eating some stew this fall...

  4. I love it just simply roasted. Here is how I prepare it Roasted Okra

  5. Elizabeth, that sounds so good that I'm going to look for okra at the farmer's market. Our tomatoes have finally started to come in (yay!), so this dish is timed perfectly.

    ~ Krista

  6. Thank you so much for the shout-out on my new releases. Much appreciated! :)

    I like your spicy take on okra today. I'll bet chorizo or a hot Italian sausage would be delicious in your recipe, too.

    ~ Cleo
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  7. Love these Cajun one dish meals (but must confess, Okra.... not so much). But would try it just for the jalapeño cheese sausage!!!

    Dave (formerly Year on the Grill)

  8. Lara--Thanks for sharing the link!

    Krista--Just now getting tomatoes? I'd be suffering!

    Cleo--Absolutely! It would make it even better. :)

    Dave--Oh, just give it another try? Especially since I know you'd go for that sausage! Ha!

  9. Well now hon, if I'd known you had okra coming out of your ears, I'd have had you send me some, seeing as how you have my address, LOL!!!