Saturday after lunch my brother treated my family to a visit to Yoder's Market near Summertown, TN. Yoder's is owned by the Amish and they have an amazing assortment of goodies you won't find in other groceries. Mom and Dad were in the hunt for fried peach pies after reading my post last week about Clemmy and her pies. Yoder's didn't disappoint.
Andy suggested we purchase a bag of their Dried Okra Chips. Oh my gosh! Even before we pulled out of the parking lot, we threw the car into park, ran in, and purchased a second bag. They are delicious! Easily the crack coccaine of the vegetable world, Dried Okra Chips are as expensive as they are addictive, about $11.50/pound. That's more than filet mignon. But oh, so worth every penny.
Although I have not had the opportunity to try either of these recipes yet, I researched them and thought they sounded good and couldn't wait to share them here.
Baked Okra and Veggie Chips
1 sweet potato, peeled and thinly sliced
1 zuchinni, thinly sliced
1 summer squash, thinly sliced
1 pound okra, cleaned and whole
kosher salt, or sea salt, to taste
2T olive oil
ground pepper to taste
Heat oven to 300*F. Line a rimmed bake sheet with parchment, and set a metal cooling rack over it. Arrange the veggies in a single layer on several layers of paper towel. Sprinkle them lightly with salt and let them sit for 20-30min. Pat veggies dry with additional paper towels. Arrange the veggies in single layer on cooling rack. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, paprika,cayanne and a bit of salt and pepper. Brush mixture over veggies and bake for 30 min, or un till they are crispy. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
about 1/2 pound of small, whole okra per person
salt to taste
pepper to taste
olive oil spray
First, start with the smallest okra you can find. Larger okra tends to be woody, which wouldn’t work in this recipe.
Preheat the oven to 450 F. Spray a shallow baking dish with olive oil, add okra, and season to taste. Give the okra one quick (1/2 second) spray with olive oil, and put them into the oven. Bake, stirring every 5 minutes, until okra is browned on all sides, about 15 minutes. Serve hot out of the oven.
You can also jazz these up with spice blends such as garam masala, curry powder, chili powder, Creole seasonings, or jerk seasonings–whatever your taste demands. But simple salt and pepper is amazingly good and allows the fresh flavor of the okra to shine through.
The Dried Okra Chips purchased at Yoder's were vibrant green and whole and tasty. Not shriveled, like in a dehydrator. Or blackened, as in roasted. I don't know how they were made, but I"ll keep looking and share it here when I figure it out.