Thursday, August 9, 2007

A girl from Ohio

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There are so many of these little produce stands in the area. I don't understand why there are so many here, but none at all in Dallas. The first one I went to is Kathy's produce. Like most stands, they have a mix of local foods with foods you can get anywhere. I looked for the signs labeled "SC" and bought some peaches, some okra, and a watermelon for James.

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Looks like James has some eating to do!

My mom is from Ohio, but makes the best southern fried okra. It is much better than what you can get at your standard "meat 'n threes" in the area. I decided to give it a try and served with with Crunchy Catfish (dip catfish fillets in egg wash, then dredge in a mixture of cracker crumbs, parm cheese, and greek seasoning. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes). To make delicious, crunchy and non-slimy okra, wash okra and cut of both ends. Slice into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces. Sprinkle about a table spoon of flour over okra and mix. Beat one egg and drizzle over okra, mix. Add about 1/4 cup cornmeal, and mix again. Heat vegetable oil in skillet (cast iron works best, but I used just a stainless skillet) and add okra + salt and pepper. Fry until nicely browned and took me about 20 minutes. Remove from skillet onto paper towels, then serve.

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1 comment:

lbmartinez said...

So glad you did fried okra! It's hard to find here (most people haven't even tried it!). If I find some, I'm making it!