Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fried Okra - not that sissy breaded stuff

This is real Southern Fried Okra.  Not that sissy breaded stuff, but the good crispy and salty deliciousness that Southerns like.

Fresh or frozen cut up okra  -  the frozen stuff works but it's not nearly as good, and it has tops in it.  When choosing fresh okra go for the little guys.  More work to cut up but much more tender.
Cannola oil

Pour a enough oil in the bottom of a cast iron (or non stick skillet) so that you have slightly more than enough to cover the bottom.  Put over medium heat.  Add okra.  Fry until the okra is brown and crispy.  If you start out with a completely full pan of okra you will end up with about 1/2 pan when it's done.  It takes about 30 min. to fry down.  When it's done remove and put on a plate line with several paper towels to drain any remaining grease.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Sit back and enjoy.   

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