Fried Okra

After a couple of roasted okra side dishes, I decided that we’d use the last of our farm okra to enjoy a little comfort food – old fashioned fried okra.  This recipe is adapted from a Paula Deen recipe.  In my opinion, her recipe just doesn’t have enough spice/flavor to the batter.  The boys kind of cringed as we washed and cut the okra.  We made about 24 ounces, and there was none left . . .

Ingredients

  •     1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds fresh okra, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk

Directions

  1. Heat deep fryer to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, and seasonings.  Mix well.
  3. Whisk together eggs and milk in small bowl.
  4. Dip okra in egg/milk mixture and then dredge in cornmeal-flour mixture to coat well.
  5. Place okra in fryer basket and cook 4-5 minutes until golden brown. (I have a pretty large home fryer, but this took two batches to cook all the okra.)
  6. Remove from oil, drain on paper towels, and then serve immediately.
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