Cooking Okra

Years ago, my daughter and I took a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma. It was a great experience, and I learned a lot from it. We watched and learned how to cook several southern dishes that included: yellow squash casserole, “plain and simple black-eyed peas”, roasted tomatoes and red peppers (this recipe included olives and 8 anchovy fillets…interesting), and steamed okra. For dessert they made rhubarb crumble ice cream.

Here are some tips that was shared during the class. Harris Teeter brand butter is Land of Lakes butter. The flatter the onion, the sweeter it will be. Anything that grows above the ground, start cooking in hot water. Anything that grows below the ground, start in cold water.

All the recipes were great, but I have used the okra recipe over and over since taking the class. It is very simple to prepare and healthier than fried, if you only use a small amount of butter, which can vary with your taste.

Recipe for Steamed Okra:

Cut off the steams at the growing seam.

Cutting the okra

Cutting the okra

Only use fresh okra, and the smaller the better, like the okra in the bottom of the picture. If you use the bigger pieces it will be stringy. Save them for stewing or frying. If you don’t have okra in your garden right now, purchase it from a farmer’s market to get it fresh.

The okra at the bottom of the cutting board is the perfect size.

The okra at the bottom of the cutting board is the perfect size.

Place 2 inches of water in your pot and get it boiling. Add the steamer pan.

Steamer pan.

Steamer pan.

Add okra.

Okra steaming.

Okra steaming.

And lid.

Okra steaming.

Okra steaming.

Time for 5 minutes. Yes, that is all the time it takes. This makes it a very easy side dish when you have hardly any time.

Timer

Timer

Add a pat of butter to taste, and sea salt and pepper.

Butter, salt and pepper added.

Butter, salt and pepper added.

Stir gently until butter is melted and salt and pepper distributed.

Some people in the class asked if the okra would be slimy. It is not. When I make this dish, my husband and I have to be gracious to each other and not take too much but share nicely.

I hope you enjoy some steamed okra soon!

Side note:

On Monday nights I take a three-hour Bible class at Liberty Baptist Church. After three years, I will have a Bible degree. Last night a verse was pointed out that I had never noted before.

All of us are rebellious at times. We say our teenagers are rebellious and accept that is the way it will be. But from where God is concerned, rebellion is serious business.

This is how God looks at rebellion.

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” 1 Samuel 15:23a

When we are rebellious and stubborn, we commit a great sin.

For the rest of the story of what is going on with King Saul and what gets him booted out and replaced with David… read 1 Samuel 15. Hint: Saul disobeyed God.

I love the stories in the Old Testament, that show us how people messed up their lives like we do. Some turned back to God and were restored, others continued down their own path and their life ended in misery. What will you do?

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