Saute of Tomatoes & Okra with Bacon

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:18am

saute of okra with tomatoes & bacon

Make this. You will not be able to stop eating it.

Add cayenne pepper and the perfect amount of salt and you REALLY will not be able to stop eating it. Spoon it over polenta…and forget it. Gone.

Saute of Tomatoes and Okra with Bacon
Adapted from The Gift of Southern Cooking by Edna Louis & Scott Peacock
Serves 6

Author’s note: This simple summer sauté is full of flavor, and color. The okra should be just tender and bright green, the onion cooked but still a bit crunchy, and the tomatoes just warmed through, with a very fresh taste. This is a nice way to use the different heirloom tomatoes from your own garden or varieties that you can find at a farmers’ markets, but any ripe, juicy garden tomato would be delicious.

5 slices bacon, diced
4 c. okra, washed, trimmed, and sliced 1/2-inch thick (about 1 lb.; I found fresh okra at the farmers’ market this past weekend)
1 large onion, cut into 1/3-inch wedges
1/2 tsp. salt, or more to taste
freshly ground black pepper
4 medium heirloom or garden tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch wedges (about 2 1/2 cups)

Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp (do not drain). Add the sliced okra to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, over moderate heat for 10 minutes. Add the onion wedges, salt, and pepper, and continue cooking, still stirring, for 5 minutes. Toss in the tomato wedges, and reduce the heat to low. Cook, just until tomatoes are heated through, 3-4 minutes. Carefully taste for seasoning, and adjust if needed. Serve warm.

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  1. By FreshTartSteph on August 9, 2011 at 11:00PM

    You'll like, I know you will, yep.

  2. By Heather Jacobsen on August 1, 2011 at 11:27AM

    oh. man! i missed this post when i was overwhelmed with okra and trying to figure out what to do with it! There might be a chance I get more with my CSA box this week. And if so.... I know what I'm going to make. ;)

  3. By FreshTartSteph on July 20, 2011 at 6:18AM

    Thank you Mindy - I hope you enjoyed the dish!

  4. By Mindy @ The World in My Kitchen on July 14, 2011 at 11:58AM

    I have a handful of okra in the fridge screaming for this recipe! :-) Thanks for sharing!

  5. By FreshTartSteph on July 14, 2011 at 10:52AM

    Thanks Lauren! I hope you found good, fresh okra! The rest is just icing, mmm.

    Elodie, I hope you enjoy! Thanks for the note :)

  6. By Elodie Jane Amora on July 12, 2011 at 3:09AM

    ooohh I love Okra! I've never made this before but I'm gonna try it for sure! :)

  7. By lauren on July 7, 2011 at 11:19AM

    Oh that does look too good to pass up! I will be buying some okra at the farmer's market! Thanks Steph!