August 2012: Quick & Easy Southern Fried Okra

Quick & Easy Southern Fried Okra

2 pounds fresh okra
3 or 4 tbls oil (vegetable, canola, or grape seed extract)
3 or 4 tbls ground cornmeal
salt & pepper to taste

Cut okra into 1/4 inch pieces, discarding caps.
Heat oil in large frying pan.
Add okra to hot oil and stir for one minute.
Reduce heat to medium (but not too low, which will cause sogginess).
Continue cooking okra over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until okra is at your preferred tenderness (approximately 12 to 15 minutes).
Sprinkle okra with cornmeal, salt, & pepper.  Stir.
Continue cooking okra for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until cornmeal is warm.
Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

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