Summer=Veges=Okra

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Summer brings tons of yummy vegetables and one of these is my absolute favourite, OKRA! Yes, I know okra gets a lot of heat for being slimy and some people find that pretty… not awesome, but there are ways to hide its slimy nature and really appreciate the flavour of this unique vegetable.

 

Here in Jamaica we usually embrace this slippery vege but I’m sure there are some of you out there who won’t touch the stuff because of the dreaded slime. Here’s how to get your okra fix, minus the slime.

I played around a lot with this recipe; the first time I made these Okra Fritters, I added corn and tomatoes and I replaced the flour with cornmeal to make it gluten free. It was good, no, it was great but the second recipe was just amazing.

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The Gluten Free Version

The recipe I’m sharing can be tweaked to make it gluten free and vegan; just replace the flour with cornmeal or say, rice flour, and the eggs with 1 banana, yes I know, its wacky but it works and gives a hint of sweetness.

Get the recipe below.

Okra Fritters

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is great for breakfast, as an appetizer or a quick snack.

INGREDIENTS

6 oz. okra

3 oz corn kernels

1 1/2 oz red bell pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

1 1/2 cups flour or 1 cup cornmeal

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk or 1/3 cup good ole water

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Olive oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice the okra thinly.
  2. Dice the bell pepper into small pieces.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dried herbs.
  4. Lightly beat the eggs and add them to the flour. Mix and add the bell pepper and most of the okra slices, reserving some for the top.
  5. Add the milk and mix to create a batter that is not too thin but not thick.
  6. Add the grated Parmesan cheese.
  7. Put enough oil in a frying pan over medium heat and scoop about two tablespoons of batter in the pan. Quickly place a few pieces of the okra on top.
  8. Cook on one side for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip the fritter over and cook on the other side for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve with sour cream or sriracha yogurt.

I hope you shine today!heart

 

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