RE: Fried Okra?
Had my okra for lunch today, and a fine lunch it was, too, with yellow-tomato salad on the side and a slice of homemade apple pie for dessert. Thank you, Hurricane Isabel - I didn't have to work today, so I had time to cook!
I cut off the tips and ends, then sliced it about 1/2 inch thick. I shook it in a bag of about 2/3 cornmeal, 1/3 flour, dried it on a rack for 15 minutes, then fried it up in bacon grease. Most of the coating fell off in the pan, but enough remained to make a nice crackle on the outside. I had seasoned the cornmeal with just salt and pepper, which was nice, but next time I think I'll add a little cayenne...just my own preference.
As you can see, I incorporated various people's suggestions. Thanks to all for your help! The okra was yummy.
We have bacon about once a week, on the weekend, so I've been saving the fat, starting recently. It makes real good fried potatoes, too.