Okra's here, have no fear!
NEXT, ON OKRA
Okra is here at Little Italy's Mercato market! You’ll find it at JR Organics, Suzie's Farms and Kawano Farms. And, we hope that it doesn't cause you any fear. Okra has gotten a bad rap over the years because when cooked, it produces a viscous substance, or "slime" that makes an excellent thickener for gumbo, but turns most folks against okra for life. We want to change your minds about the much-maligned vegetable and offer a few cooking methods that eliminate or minimize the slime quotient.
First, try coating the okra with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill them or sauté them in very hot oil. The extreme heat significantly reduces the slime factor! Another way is to add plain white vinegar to the okra when it's cooking. This rids the slime every time and nobody is the wiser.
With that tip in mind, why not try this simple dish of smothered okra and tomatoes? Heat some olive oil in a Dutch oven; add okra, red or white onions from Vang's, and tomatoes and garlic from Sage Mountain Farms. Stir mixture together and add salt and pepper to taste, and let it cook for an hour! Delicious addition to any summer meals. It's time you give okra another try. You may find the flavor to be truly sublime!