Okra, Peppers, & Onions
September the twenty-seventh and the garden is about gone. Corn and beans have been gone awhile, and now I think I cut the last of the okra and have only a few tiny green peppers left. I will miss going out into the garden and picking something to fix for supper.
The vegetable for supper last night was going to be fried okra fresh and straight out of the garden. I got a bag and my garden scissors out of the barn and walked to the garden to cut off some to fry. To my dismay most of it was too big to use. I only got a few pieces of okra so I decided to add some green peppers to my harvest.
Our okra crop did great as always, but the green peppers didn’t. Too much rain I assume. But I did get enough of each to fry some up for supper.
Here’s how I fixed it.
Usually I use Kentucky Kernal seasoned flour, but I couldn’t find it last time I went to the grocery store. But I did find Fryin’ Magic seasoned coating mix. Both of these are just a mixture of flour and cornmeal which you can use and would be much cheaper.
So I cut up the okra, sliced the green pepper and added some slices of onions. I followed the directions on the box that said to dip the veggies into a beaten egg. Usually I just pour a small amount of milk over the veggies instead of the egg dip.
Then you heat a skillet with about 1/4 inch of oil over medium heat. I put one piece in first to make sure the skillet is hot enough. Fry for about 3 minutes, then turn and cook about 3 more minutes. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper while it’s cooking. I like my okra to be brown and crispy. So you may have to cook it a little longer.
This has been one of my favorite vegetables since childhood. Okra is easy to grow and produces for several weeks. You need to pick it when it is about 4 inches long or it will get too hard to eat. I cut off the pods that get too big. This will help the plant continue producing the pods. You will have plenty of large pods at the end of the season to cut open and remove the seeds and save for next year’s garden.
If you’ve never tried raising okra, try it because it is so easy to grow. Insects don’t seem to bother it and it will continue producing until late in the summer. Only downside is that it makes you itchy when you pick it so wear some gloves while cutting it. Happy Gardening! Mrs. B.