Potatoes and okra cooked collectively in an iron skillet till the potatoes are golden and the okra is almost burnt is my favourite approach to eat okra.
I will not go so far as saying it’s the solely approach to eat okra — pickled is fairly darn good and pickled-and-fried is even higher — however this preparation is my favourite. Nearly the entire okra’s notorious mucilage cooks away, letting its nutty, vegetal taste shine. The potatoes — russets, red-skinned or gold, your decide — add textural distinction with their crusty exteriors and creamy tender insides. If I am utilizing russet potatoes I peel them, in any other case I give them an excellent scrub and depart the pores and skin on. I take advantage of the smallest okra pods I can discover — now not than my index finger, however pinky size is right. The smaller pods are extra tender and fewer slimy.
On this model I add the kernels from an ear of candy corn simply because. The corn provides a contact of sweetness in tiny juicy bursts. I meant to incorporate a sliced jalapeno for warmth, however I forgot. Subsequent time I will not neglect.
The servings are sized as a aspect dish, however I can (and sometimes do) make this my meal. To up the protein, including some shrimp could be nice, however I particularly prefer it topped with a fried egg.
Fried Potatoes With Burnt Okra and Corn
- Vegetable oil
- 1 to 2 cups sliced okra
- Salt and floor black pepper
- 2 cups diced potatoes (about 12 ounces)
- ½ small onion, finely diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Kernels from 1 ear contemporary corn OR ¾ cup frozen corn kernels
- 1 jalapeno, sliced, non-compulsory
Warmth sufficient oil to generously coat the underside in a deep skillet over medium warmth. Add the okra and season with salt and pepper. Cook dinner till okra is starting to brown. Push okra to at least one aspect of skillet, and add the potatoes and onion. Season once more with salt and pepper. Cook dinner, stirring often, till okra is deep, golden brown and potatoes are tender. Stir within the garlic, corn and jalapeno (if utilizing) and cook dinner simply till the corn kernels are calmly browned.
Makes 4 servings.