Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Oven-Fried Okra ***

I love the coating on this.  True, it's drier than true fried okra, but the flavor more than makes up for that, in my opinion.  The 6-year-old ate every bite, and the 8-year-old (who claims to detest okra) ate about half of his and said it wasn't too bad.  Dh and I both liked it.  It's a nice change to our normal veggie sides, so I'll definitely make it again.

(luckymommyto2boys ~ Amy ~ via Cookin' Cowgirl)

16 oz bag frozen sliced okra, thawed {about 3 1/2 cups}
1 tsp Cajun or creole seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 C yellow corn meal
Canola oil spray
1 gallon zip lock bag

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Turn the zip-lock bag inside out and spray with canola oil spray.
Pour the okra in the bag along with the Cajun seasoning and garlic salt. Seal bag and shake vigorously. Let rest for 10 minutes so the juices extract from the okra.
Add the cornmeal to the bag and shake up again. Let rest 10 more minutes. Give the bag one more good shake. Pour okra over a strainer or colander {either over the sink or over a bowl} so the extra cornmeal will fall off. Spread the okra over a foil covered baking sheet and spread out evenly. Spray okra with canola oil spray.
Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven, flip okra over, lightly spray again and return to oven for 20 more minutes.

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