Sweet and Spicy Wickled Okra

Friday, August 6, 2010

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I’ve been having lots of fun thinking of different ways to use up the fruits and veggies in my weekly produce basket from Suncoast Organics.  Each week they offer several interesting and unusual items that I rarely, if ever, see at the supermarket -  like the yardlong beans I made last week.

This week, I ordered some organic red okra.  I didn’t even know that okra came in red.  Since red is one of my signature colors, I ordered some.  Then I remembered that no one around here particularly likes okra.  Except in gumbo. Or jambalaya.  But I wasn’t about to start a Cajun cooking marathon in this 95 degree heat. Nosirree!  Until it cools off a little, nobody’s getting much more than salad or a quick stir fry out of me!  Okay, I might be persuaded to throw some steaks or chicken on the grill, but that’s it – unless there’s jewelry involved.

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But, these lovely little, rosy, red okra deserved more than just being chopped up in a salad.  Look how cute they are!  They needed to be front and center in whatever I used them in.  So, I decided to make pickles out of them.  And, not just any old pickles, mind you, but wicked sweet and spicy pickles.  I wanted to make okra Wickles! read more >>

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