I’m back! I’ve been absent from diversedinners.com for a little while – mia culpa.
I’ve been traveling, like I do, and the break from the kitchen threw my creative senses off for a little bit. Thankfully my travels provided much inspiration, and today’s recipe, fried okra bites with pepper dip, is the result of one recent inspiration.
I used to abhor okra recipes. I grew up eating so many bad, very bad okra dishes. However, I am now renewed, and loving the okra.
I first tasted fried okra bites at YardBird Southern Table & Bar in Miami. Yardbird does nothing badly, every time I visit this restaurant I discover a new thing to love, I usually visit just once a year though, but each visit makes me feel as if I’m back home. The staff are always welcoming, the food and drinks are on point, and the ambience – off the scales!
Fried okra bites with pepper dip, can serve as an appetizer or passed hors d’oeuvres. A richly flavored cocktail such as Passonfruit Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail or Thyme Tequila Fizz would go oh so well with this dish. This is a dish that goes really well with a cocktail. It cuts the rich flavors and creates a palatable balance.
What truly makes these fried okra bites with pepper dip, is the light crunchy exterior, which then turns into a seedy vegetable wonder, coupled with a vibrant peppery accompaniment.
After soaking the okra pieces in a mixture of eggs and buttermilk, I used cornmeal, seasoned with salt and onion powder, to coat the okra. The seasoning is subtle so as not to react with or confuse a nice dollop of dip. Fried okra bites with pepper dip is a one-two punch of great flavors.
Fall is upon us, and we will soon be swapping salads for more filling options. Fried okra bites with pepper dip is still pretty light, but gives that comfort factor. Give this recipe a try and see.