The boys and I were looking at the okra growing this week. Isn’t the blossom pretty? It’s related to hibiscus and cotton:
This plant was taller than me! Little baby okras growing:
Then cut into little bite-size pieces. Put them into a bowl of buttermilk:
Then take a few out at a time with a slotted spoon and dredge in the mixture of cornmeal and flour (equal parts is good). Place them gently in oil heated to 350*:
You don’t have to use so much oil that they’re being deep fried (although you can do them that way if you like). Just enough oil to come up 1/2 way on the pieces is really plenty. Turn the little okra pieces so they brown evenly all over. This takes only about 5 or so minutes. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels, and season immediately with salt and pepper.