Saturday, October 4, 2014

Okra Fritters

I keep forgetting about this tasty little bites! I do love my okra salad - but these okra fritters were delicious! This time I did them with the corn and these gorgeous purple okra that I've been getting at the farmer's market and some fresh green cornmeal from Tierra Farms. So good topped with some hot sauce - yum.

And while I've got the cornmeal out - here is another variation with fresh roasted green chills and cheese. Yum again.

Green Chili and Cheese Cornbread serves 4

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornmeal (get Tierra's if you can)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg
fresh corn cut off of 2 cobs
1 roasted green chili chopped (or canned if you don't have fresh)
1 cup shredded cheddar
couple tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a measuring cup mix the buttermilk and egg and add to the dry ingredients mixing well. Then stir in the corn, chili and cheese. Place a cast iron skillet in the oven and let it heat up. Remove and put in the butter and oil. When melted pour into the cornbread mixture almost all of it, leaving a bit in the pan to keep it from sticking. Pour in the mixture and bake for about 10-15 min or until browned. Let cool in the skillet about 5 min then turn out so it stays crisp. Serve with more butter.

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