Stewed Okra and Tomatoes
- Yield: servings
- 6 large handfuls fresh small okra
- 2tablespoons baking soda
- 1/4cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 6large tomatoes, peeled and diced
- 4cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1teaspoon sugar
- 1sprig fresh oregano leaves, chopped
- 1sprig fresh basil leaves, chopped
- freshly ground black pepper
- 4cups cooked white rice
- Bring a gallon of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the okra, baking soda, and 2 tablespoons salt. Cook the okra at a hard boil for 5 minutes. Strain the okra and plunge it into a large bowl of ice water. Once it’s cool, drain the okra and set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until warm, then add the tomatoes and garlic and cook for several minutes. Add the pepper flakes and sugar and cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the oregano, basil, and okra, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Season the stew with salt and pepper. Serve with hot rice.
Reprinted with permission from My New Orleans by John Besh, Andrews McMeel Publishing