Each week I encourage other volunteers to take home the harvested okra but I usually end up with most of it.
The frequent comments are: “I don’t like okra.” and “I don’t know what to do with it.”
Last week I decided to bring in a cooked okra dish for all to sample. The comment was: “This is really good.”
Now that the horticulturists and volunteers are excited about okra, what are my chances of getting any of the harvest to take home?????
Below is the recipe. This recipe is very flexible. The quantity of each ingredient is given as a range so that you can adjust the amount to suit your own taste.
1/4 – 1/2 pound fresh okra, remove and discard cap (at stem end); slice okra into about 1/4″ thick rounds
2 – 4 tablespoons chopped onion
1 – 2 slices fresh ginger
1 – 3 cloves garlic, minced
5 – 8 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 – 2 tablespoons oil
1 – 2 teaspoons kosher salt or to taste
2 or more tablespoons broth or water or as needed
Add oil to preheated wok or frying pan. Add salt, onion, ginger and garlic. Stir-fry until onion is translucent. Add tomatoes, stir-fry a minute or two. Add sliced okra, stir-fry another 3 – 4 minutes or until desired doneness. I like this dish best when the okra is still quite crunchy. Taste as you go along to find the stage you like. Pay attention to cooking time and make a note so future dishes will come out just the way you like.
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