What I'm Cooking This Weekend . . .
Stewed tomatoes & okra is a dish I grew up with-admittedly one that took some time for me to grow to love. But come to love it I did! As I played around with this family favorite, I discovered that a little roux, a pinch of cayenne and a bit more time over the heat created a thick & rich Tomato & Okra Gravy-bursting with flavor! It's also the perfect dish to use up those late summer tomatoes and okra.
I usually serve it over rice . . . sometimes over buttermilk biscuits . . . and when I'm really showing off, over pimento cheese grits.
Hope you enjoy my revamped family recipe.
Tomato & Okra Gravy
Packed with fresh off the vine tomatoes and crisp okra, this dish will become a new family favorite.
Yields about 6 servings
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or bacon grease 1 small onion, chopped, about ½ cup
4 medium garden fresh tomatoes, about 2 cups, cored and sliced thick 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups vegetable stock or water 1 pound tender young okra, stems removed, cut into ½ inch pieces, about 2 cups
1 tablespoon salt *
2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper * ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper *
In a large skillet, heat oil over low heat.
Add onions and cook until soft but not browned.
Add tomatoes, increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Cook until tomatoes start to break down; about 10 minutes
Add flour, and whisk until well incorporated, about 5 minutes.
Pour stock into skillet, and whisk until smooth. Add okra.
Simmer until okra and tomatoes become a thick gravy; about 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to low and add salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper; continue to simmer another 5 minutes, or until okra has cooked through.
Adjust seasoning to taste.
Serve over white rice, buttermilk biscuits or cheese grits.
*Substitute 2 tablespoons Moulin Rouge Sassy Salt in place of the salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Order HERE
Recipe adapted from Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent by Jennifer Hill Booker, © 2014 Jennifer Hill Booker, used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.