Spicy Fried Okra

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Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4


1 1/2 pounds fresh okra pods
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons shortening, part bacon drippings if possible


Wash okra; cut off tips and stem ends.
Cut pods into 1/4-inch slices.
Sprinkle sliced okra with salt, pepper and cayenne.
Combine cornmeal and flour in a wide, shallow bowl; roll okra in mixture.
Heat shortening and bacon drippings until hot (not smoking) in cast-iron skillet.
Saute okra until golden brown.

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