I just love all the delicious free food from our garden! I made this Fried Okra loaded with bacon and parmesan cheese for lunch, however, my almost 3 year old grandson devoured half of it! I discovered Okra for the first time last year when my husband planted it in the garden. I loved it so he planted more this year. I have tried it many different ways and they are all delicious! I am hoping to have a good crop this year so I can freeze some for soup this winter.
Ingredients (I keep cooked and crumbled bacon in my freezer and bacon grease in the refrigerator so you will need to follow the instructions below for using uncooked bacon). I did not show the bacon in the ingredients..sorry! I have bacon grease in the small container.
Wash Okra and cut the ends off.
Slice Okra into 1/4″ pieces. I just love the star shape!
Mix Parmesan cheese, salt and cornmeal in a bowl. Add Okra and stir to coat Okra.
Fry bacon reserving grease. Chop into small pieces and return to the pan. Add Okra and any crumbs in the bowl to the pan.
Fry over medium heat until crumb coating turns golden brown.
1-1/2 cup sliced okra
1 Tbl parmesan cheese
2 Tbl corn meal
3 pieces bacon
1/4 tsp salt
Fry bacon until almost cooked through. Remove pan from the heat. Remove the bacon pieces leaving grease in the pan. Chop bacon into small pieces and return to the pan. Wash and pat Okra dry. Cut off the ends and discard. Slice the rest about 1/4″ thick, set aside. In a bowl mix cheese, cornmeal and salt. Add Okra pieces and stir to coat Okra. Over medium heat, heat up the bacon grease and bacon in the pan and add all of the Okra mixture. Cook until crumbs are golden brown and Okra is tender, stirring frequently.