The first 41 years of my life I hated okra, all of a sudden I can't get
enough of the stuff.
So, I have a very basic question about cooking it. Do I cut off the
head of the pod before cooking? If not, do you eat it or cut it off
probably you are getting old and your body is telling you okra is a
very nutritious veggie, more than most other veggies. as the other
poster says, steam them whole, fry them sliced. they also go sliced in
How very odd....I was about the same age when my "okra taste bud"
blossomed. I usually snip off the stem but leave the head intact. I
like 'em about any way you can fix 'em, but my favorite is probably
sprayed with a bit of olive oil, S&P, and then grilled.
Slice off top, then slice pods into 1/4" discs. Roll around in
seasoned cornmeal to coat, and saute in a little oil 'til crispy. They
can also be sliced thicker (1/2 "), then dipped in batter and
deep-fried. Or battered and fried whole. Harvest pods when they are
small -- 4 inches max -- as they get a bit woody when they grow
NOTES : After you have bought a okra, you will need a good
method of preparation. While this preparation method is a bit
unconventional, it will satisfy all unnatural cravings for okra.
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 bunch okra
5 sticks firewood
1 gallon gasoline
1 750 ml Jack Daniels
Pour a glass of your Jack (ice or not is optional). Take a healthy drink,
because this preparation is man's work.
Dig a hole in your backyard. About 3ft deep should be sufficient.
To this hole, add the okra and then the five fireplace logs.
Douse wood with the gasoline. Step back, and ignite the wood. Ensure
that the fire is on high.
Sit back, away from the fire, on a comfortable chair. Take another
drink or two. More as needed to help pass the time.
In about 45 minutes, the fire should have died down. Stir the embers,
until there is a consistency throughout of fine soot.
So that you remember this happy occasion, pour a shot of Jack into the
embers, utter "thank God," and "Got Yul", and go inside and have a great
dinner. Merry Christmas.
(apologies to A. Zelt and lutefisk)
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