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Greek Style Smothered Okra


1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 or 2 baskets CSA okra, washed well but not cut open in any way

1 medium to large ripe tomato, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

A few dashes of cayenne (optional)

1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried dill


Place a heavy 10″-14″ skillet with a tight fitting lid over low heat. Add the garlic, olive oil, and okra. In contrast to most sautes, the okra is added when neither pan nor oil is hot yet. Scatter the tomato over the okra. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Do not stir. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more. Do not stir, but make sure the heat is low enough so nothing burns. Uncover, stir cautiously, just a few times. The okra should be quite tender, soft and almost golden brown. Be careful not to break the pods open, although a few may have split by now. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with cayenne and dill if desired. Stir once more and serve. Eaters can either cut off the stems at the top of the pods themselves, or pick them up by the stems and nibble their way down, or even eat the stems – they are firmer than the pod but quite edible. Note: This recipe is also excellent made with green beans instead of okra, or with a mixture of the two.

Submitted by Nora McGinnis, adapted from The Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon