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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Okra Fries

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Ryan's a bit of a Southern boy. While born in St. Louis, he spent much of his childhood in Louisiana and Oklahoma. As a result, you'll hear the occasional "boy howdy" slip out of his mouth and he has a minor obsession with lizards. When it comes to food, Ryan has no interest in your standard fried Southern fare....but he does love his okra. I never really knew this, but I sent him to the Farmer's Market one afternoon and he came home with a "surprise". I've only had okra a few times so I was excited to experiment. I'd seen okra fries, roasted with spices, on a few food blogs, and decided to give it a try.

Okra will be a new staple when we make trips to our Farmer's Market. I loved this! Of course, anything tossed in seasoned salt and dipped in ketchup is bound to be good, right? I checked out the nutritional benefits of okra after eating a huge bowl of it and had to laugh. This site made it seem like a miracle vegetable! While I can't vouch for the accuracy of all of the information there, it's clearly a health food that packs a punch...we'll definitely be eating this side over and over again!

Okra Fries
inspired by Kath Eats

-okra, in its whole form
-Canola cooking spray
-seasoned salt

1. Cover a large cookie sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray. Lay okra over foil. Spray tops of okra with cooking spray and sprinkle with seasoned salt.
2. Roast at 400F for 20 minutes.
3. Serve warm, plain or with ketchup.