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Buttermilk Fried Okra

Recipe by Heather Garvin (Serves 4-6) Prep time: 5 minutes; cook time: 10 minutes
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  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Fresh whole okra (about 24 pieces)
  • Canola oil, for frying

Sift all of the dry ingredients together. Whisk in the buttermilk and use batter immediately. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat (do not let oil smoke), heat enough oil to submerge okra. Dip okra in batter one at a time, leaving tops exposed, and coat well. Drop into preheated oil and cook for 30-40 seconds, until pale brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately alongside a creamy herb or remoulade dipping sauce. Cook’s Note This is a versatile batter delicious with most any garden fresh veggie. Try it with zucchini, squash, or eggplant, each sliced no more than a half-inch thick to ensure the vegetable cooks all the way through.

Photograph by Christopher Shane