I had never eaten fried okra before I met SPH. Now I could eat it every week if I let myself. Actually, recently I've let myself...we had it the last two weeks in a row. Perhaps I am trying to appease my lack of chocolate with other yummy, yet not-so-healthy foods.
I could try and spin fried okra as a way to get your child interested in a healthy new vegetable, but I won't. I will simply tell you that french fries or onion rings, on their best day, never tasted as good as SPH's fried okra.
The beauty of this recipe is that the only thing SPH uses to make his fried okra is flour, seasoning and lest I forget to mention, gobs of oil. It is the flour that makes this taste so simply delicious.
SPH's Fried Okra
About 2 cups of sliced okra (fresh is great, but in lieu of fresh, buy a 10 oz frozen package and thaw it buy running water over it)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground pepper
pinch of cayenne powder
2 inches of vegetable oil in a large skillet (probably a good 2-3 cups)
Heat the oil over medium high heat.
Rinse the okra:
Combine with the other ingredients (but not the oil!) in a large plastic bag:
Shake out over a colander:
Test to make sure the oil is hot enough with one piece of okra (it will bubble and fry furiously if the oil is hot enough) and then pour in the rest:
Let cook for 5-6 minutes or until the piece begin to brown. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels:
Sprinkle with a bit more salt, if desired.
Now try and get them to a plate before you eat. them. all.
This is the meal that SPH cooked for us...any wonder why I am crazy about him?