Monday, September 3, 2012

Roasted Okra

Well it has been a while...but I am back!

So I love fried okra.  It is one of those things I will hunt out when I head home to the South.  But, we all know, fried food isn't the greatest for you and since I try not to eat wheat or corn, it isn't exactly a food I should be eating often.   I ran across this recipe for oven Roasted Okra on Pinterest and decided to try it.  It has already become a staple in our house.  We both LOVE it! 

As usual, I change things up and try things a little different to fit what works best in my house.  The recipe calls for fresh okra, which in Colorado is quite hard to find.  So, I chose to use frozen, sliced okra.  The first time I thawed the okra & tossed it in some olive oil, salt & pepper and then baked it in a 425 degree oven.  However, now I have tried it with just the frozen okra, and it seems to work just as well!  Because my okra was frozen, there is a bit more water and it usually takes more like 25-30 min for the okra to get nicely roasted with a few bits of crispiness. 

Here is the recipe as I follow it:

Oven Roasted Okra

1 bag frozen, sliced okra (plain, not breaded)
Olive oil (approx 1 Tbsp)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.  Then, simply toss the sliced okra (still frozen if you like) in olive oil, salt & pepper.  Place the okra on a baking sheet and spread them out.  Cook until roasted with a few browned edges (approximately 25-30 minutes)

If you love okra, try this recipe out.  It is delicious!