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Okra Baked With Bacon

Okra Baked With Bacon

Serves: 8

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1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 to 7 drops Tabasco sauce or 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds fresh okra, washed, dried and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
6 strips uncooked bacon, diced


Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce; close and shake to combine. Add the okra pieces and shake to coat the okra in the cornmeal mixture.

Arrange the okra in the baking dish in two layers. Top with the bacon pieces. Bake for 20 minutes; stir lightly to make sure all pieces come in contact with the bacon. Bake 5 to 10 minutes more, until the bacon is browned and the okra is crispy on the outside.

Serve immediately. 



Per serving: 162 calories (percent of calories from fat, 16), 6 grams protein, 28 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber, 3 grams fat (1 gram saturated), 4 milligrams cholesterol, 152 milligrams sodium.

About the recipe

Don't miss out on this to die for okra baked with bacon -- an easy treatment of summer okra.

Turn this into a vegetarian dish by replacing the bacon with a generous drizzle of olive oil.

Recipe courtesy of Betts Marriott, who warns cooks to "pull your drapes and lock your doors to keep out the food police, as this is definitely a feast of delicious fat." Still, it's probably lower in fat than deep-fried okra.