Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hey Y'all, It's Okra Time

As I have told many of you before, I am a big fan of Paula Deen. Listening to her is like listening to a piece of my past. My Nanny sounded just like that. So for me it is a soothing voice. To others it is over the top. Be that as it may, the woman knows how to cook, and moreso Southern Comfort foods. She could have entire show filled with meat dishes and I would still watch her, just to hear her voice and watch her antics. I mean come on, the woman went toe to toe with Elmo, how cool is that.

Well I am a big fan of okra...many are not, again, it just may be a living in the South thing, but I could eat it rolled in mud if I had to, but Paula Deen has come to our rescue once again. I watched an episode with her and her brother on it the other day and they were reminiscing about their comfort foods and who made them and they made an okra and tomatoes dish. Youch did it look delicious. I went to purchase all the veggies needed and the produce market was dare they and knowing good ad well I needed to make my Paula Deen special dish.

Pffft. I went to the grocery store, got them frozen and alas, the dish was made. And boy was it as good as it looked. So hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did. I say that a lot too, don't I? Enjoy!

Okra and Tomatoes

1T peanut oil, for frying (We used whatever was in the pantry)
1/4 pound bacon (I think Savanah used about 6-8 slices of Morningstar Farms Veggie styled Bacon)
1T butter (I think the substitute for vegans is Earth Balance)(If Earth Balance is used, it is a dairy free dish)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced
1t minced garlic (1-2 fresh cloves pressed through a garlic press)
1/2-3/4 t House Seasoning (I'm telling you this is gold in powder form)
4 cups diced tomatoes (We used fresh, you can use canned, but drain as much liquid off as possible. Save the liquid for a Bloody Mary or soup broth...ah never mind, use it in the Bloody Mary)
1cup water
1T vegetable base (I use the vegetable base. And I have purchased this right in my grocery store soup aisle) (and I believe their or MSG Free)
4 cups sliced fresh or frozen okra
Serving suggestion: Over rice
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add fake bacon, butter, onion, green pepper, and garlic. Saute until the vegetables are soft and the onions are translucent. Add House Seasoning, tomatoes, water, vegetable base and okra. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season, to taste and serve with rice along side.


River said...

I don't know why I don't eat okra more often. Paula Dean is so colorful and fun!

Tara B. said...

I have never tried okra. Not even sure what it looks like. Hmm..maybe I'll have to get brave and give it a try!