Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Okra Fritters with Creole Mustard Sauce

This dish is requested over and over again by my father-in-law. He is the farmer who grows a lot of the wonderful produce we feature here at The Chubby Vegetarian; anytime he makes a menu request, we do our best to fill it.

I can almost assure you that these will be a hit even among okra skeptics. They don't have any of the sliminess that normally turns people away from okra in the first place. How do I know this? After she proclaimed "I don't eat green things," I watched my five-year-old niece eat these okra fritters and exclaim, "I love okra!" Now that's a victory.

You can serve these any number of ways. They're great as a salad on a bed of arugula that's been dressed with my Creole Mustard Sauce, and topped with fresh dill, parsley, and chopped tomatoes. It's also great as a sort of okra Po' Boy slider on a french roll with lettuce, tomato, and dill. You can also just dip the fritters right into the Creole Mustard Sauce as a simple appetizer.

Okra Fritters (makes 8-10 fritters)

2 cups okra (sliced into 1/4 inch pieces)
1/2 cup onion (sautéed in 1 tablespoon butter until translucent)
1/8 teaspoon each: garlic powder, nutmeg, paprika, sea salt, cracked black pepper
2-3 dashes hot sauce

1/8 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup flour
1/8 cup cornmeal
1 egg
canola oil for frying

Mix everything (save for the oil) together in a large bowl. Heat 1/2-inch of canola oil in a 
10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, you are ready to add the okra mixture. Using an ice cream scoop, place a portion of the okra mixture into the oil. Cook 3-4 at a time for about 2 minutes per side until all of the mixture has been used. Makes one dozen.

Creole Mustard Sauce

2 tablespoons mayo
2 tablespoons mustard
1 teaspoon ketchup
Squeeze of lemon (about a teaspoon)
pinch of sea salt 

cracked black pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Done!


beansfigsandkatz said...

this looks great! do you leave the okra whole or cut into pieces?

Justin Fox Burks said...

Good question. I've edited the recipe. Slice the okra into 1/4 inch pieces.

jennifer said...

thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Hi there!
Was just wondering if you could say how many your recipe will make? Trying to figure out if I need to double it or not.

Justin Fox Burks said...

Another good question! I got 9 fritters. So I would say 8-10 depending on the size of your fritter.

Tender Branson said...

Your recipes lately have like jumped to another level. This sounds awesome.