When I leave this world and make my way through the pearly gates and then pull my chair up to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, I believe there will be a big ‘ol mess of fried okra sitting right in front of my seat! But until then, I will just make my own.

Every year, when Devin plants our garden, he makes sure to plant me a few rows of okra which is more than enough for our family. This year, however, something got to my okra before I did. The local white tail deer had gnawed every bit of it down to the dirt! There is nothing more frustrating than going out to the garden, with bucket in hand, only to find that a dad-blasted deer has invited his entire family to come and have an okra eatin’ party in your garden! Needless to say, we wont be having any okra to eat this summer but we WILL have plenty of deer meat this winter! (thank you honey)

Thankfully, last week, a gentleman in our church brought me a bag of wonderful, freshly picked, okra! I took it home and fried up a big ol’ mess of it. For those of you who don’t know what a “mess” is, this is a highly technical term for a big ol’ pile or a big ol’ dish of something….in this case okra.

For some of you, frying okra may scare you to death. Well, I’m here to take the scary out of fried okra. It’s real easy. Here’s what you’ll need:

Fresh okra pods
White corn meal
Two eggs
Vegetable oil
Fry pan (I use an iron skillet)

How to:
-Cut the head and the tip off each piece of okra
-Then cut each okra pod into 1/2 inch pieces
-Place cut okra in a large mixing bowl
-break the two eggs over the okra and gently stir with a wooden spoon until each piece is good and slimy (this helps the corn meal to stick)
-sprinkle with salt according to taste (1/2t.)
-pour about 1 1/2 cups of white corn meal(may need a little more)over the okra and mix until each piece is coated throughly, being careful not to tear the okra.
-pour oil into skillet about 1/2 inch deep and heat oil over medium heat
-carefully put breaded okra into the hot oil, turning often to insure an even browning. Salt liberally.
-once okra is evenly brown and tender, transfer it to a paper lined platter to drain.

There are as many opinions on how to fry okra as there are southern grandmothers to teach us. This is just one way, my way….after all, this is my blog 😉 anyway, I hope you’ll go to your local farmers market, buy a mess of okra and give this a try so that the art of frying okra will not be lost!