The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Classic country fried okra

What you’ll need:

  • 6 fresh, medium sized okra per person
  • cornmeal
  • salt to taste
  • oil to fry in

Boil the okra until it is tender enough to pierce with a fork without tearing them. Slice into 1/8 – 1/4″ medallion slices and roll in salted cornmeal. Fry in oil heated to 350 degrees until browned. Serve hot.

Cost:
okra – $3.99/lb
cornmeal – $3.12/5 pound bag
Total – $2.31 for 1/2 lb okra (feeds 4)

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February 13, 2010 Posted by | -vegetables, SIDE DISHES | , | 1 Comment

Shrimp & Okra Gumbo

This recipe is quick and easy if you need to feed a crowd.

What you’ll need:

2 Tbl bacon fat
3 c sliced okra
2 onions, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
2 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined and cut in half
½ can tomato sauce
2 red peppers, chopped
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 bay leaf
8 c water
1 tsp salt

Cook, covered, the okra, onions and bell pepper in the bacon fat until okra is almost tender. Stir in the tomato sauce and cook 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients except shrimp. Heat to boiling then cook an additional 10 minutes. Add shrimp. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Serve with steamed rice. Feeds 8.

Cost:
okra – $3.99/lb
onion – $1.12
small onions – $1.50/bunch
bell pepper – $0.90
tomato sauce – $0.33/can
garlic cloves – $1.12
1/2 lb 30/40 shrimp – $2.50
Total – $14.68/$1.84 per serving

July 25, 2009 Posted by | -bacon, -shrimp, MAIN DISHES, SEAFOOD/FISH | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gumbo

So good on a cold day. This recipe feeds 10 but it freezes well. It can be kept in the refrigerator up to 4 days and in the freezer up to 6 months.

What you’ll need:

1 lb okra, washed and sliced
2 bell peppers, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 c celery, chopped
3 Tbl butter
1 tsp sugar
¼ tsp garlic salt
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp thyme
1 can corn, with juice
1 can whole tomatoes, with juice
2 c water
1 lb 30/40 shrimp, peeled with tails removed
¼ tsp celery salt (optional)

Sauté onions, peppers and celery in the butter. In a large pot, put sautéed vegetables and remaining ingredients except shrimp (add it about halfway through cooking). Cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce has reduced and thickened. Serve with crackers.

Cost:
okra – $3.99/lb
bell pepper – $0.90
onion – $1.12
celery – $0.99
butter – $1.75/pound
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
whole kernel corn – $0.40
canned whole tomatoes – $1.19
½ lb 30/40 shrimp – $2.50
Total – $13.86

January 6, 2009 Posted by | -shrimp, -vegetables, MAIN DISHES | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment