Friday, August 21, 2020

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

Believing I wasn’t much of a fan, it’s been years since I’ve eaten stewed okra and tomatoes, much preferring my okra to be fried but Bev decided it would be a good way to use our extra tomatoes and the okra we were given so I reluctantly agreed.  It was delicious and while the plan was to put some in the freezer, we ate it all over a couple of days so we had to wait a few days to gather more tomatoes and okra before making the freezer batch using the recipe below which was modified from the one from Spicy Southern Kitchen.  The original recipe and more pics like this one can be found by clicking on the link.

The Ingredients – makes about four quarts

1 T bacon grease

1 large onion, rough chopped

1 green bell pepper

5 lb tomatoes (2 quarts of canned)

8 cups sliced okra

1½ teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoning Salt

Heaping tbsp minced garlic

1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce or your favorite, more or less to taste

1 teaspoon black pepper

Salt to taste

8 oz dry elbow macaroni

1/2 cup water or chicken broth, more or less as needed for the macaroni

The Process:

1. If using canned tomatoes, skip the next couple of steps.

2. Core the ripe tomatoes, cut out any bad places and cut an x on the bottom (allows the skin to separate easier).

3. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, add the tomatoes and cook until the skins are obviously peeling.

4. Remove tomatoes, drain & cool a little then remove skin.

5. Cut tomatoes into smaller pieces.

6. Add bacon grease to the pot over medium heat.

7. Add onion and green pepper to the bacon grease and cook until soft, about 7-8 minutes.

8. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant.

9. Add tomatoes, okra, and seasonings. Cook until okra is tender, maintaining a simmer and stirring occasionally.

10. When okra is nearly done, add pasta and cook until al dente.

11. Fresh corn cut from the cob is also a nice addition.

Once again is was very good and we had a big bowl to eat after filling and freezing four, one quart bags. 

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. I have never tasted okra and had no idea how to even cook this thanks for the recipe I must try this one

  2. I've only had pickled okra years. The grocery stores don't really carry okra here which is a bummer because I think this looks and sounds tasty.

  3. I like it fried best and the air fryer has made it so much easier and healthier. But I also like it stewed and this looks delicious to me.

  4. Larry, Bacon interesting and flavorful ingredient, that's for sure. No surprise to you, I'll sit it out on this culinary creation. Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  5. Bacon grease and Lawry's makes me want to try this one.


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