I've never fried anything before, so maybe I did something wrong. And I used fresh okra, not frozen. But the pecan baking mix coating did not adhere to the okra. As soon as I put it in the oil, it floated away and sunk to the bottom of the pan, making the oil a yucky black mixture. Perhaps an egg coating before the pecan/baking mix make it work?
Fried Pecan Okra
Photo: Beth Dreiling; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Yield: Makes 6 to 8 appetizer servings
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Bake: 10 Minutes
Fry: 6 Minutes
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 (10-oz.) packages frozen whole okra, thawed*
- Peanut oil
- 1. Place pecans in an even layer in a shallow pan.
- 2. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally.
- 3. Process pecans, baking mix, and next 2 ingredients in a food processor until pecans are finely ground. Place pecan mixture in a large bowl. Add okra, tossing to coat. Gently press pecan mixture into okra.
- 4. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet; heat to 350°. Fry okra, in batches, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels.
- *1 (16-oz.) package frozen cut okra, thawed, may be substituted.
- Note: For testing purposes only, we used Bisquick Original All-Purpose Baking Mix.
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