I realize, it’s halloween and okra is not exactly candy. But this simple recipe is so good, you’ll crave it like chocolate. Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but you’ll crave it nonetheless.
Okra is something that’s completely new to me. I’ve been living here in Texas for awhile now, but have never been so inclined to give this humble vegetable a try until I had it at this summer at Contigo.
Their preparation is pretty straight forward: oil, garlic… cook them over high heat so they get that nice char without becoming slimy. The genius part is the way they finish it with sherry vinegar. It gives them such a sweet, tangy, almost pickled, kind of flavor… you’ll start eating these and not be able to stop.
- A tablespoon or so extra-virgin olive oil
- 12 or so pieces okra, sliced in half
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- ½ jalapeño, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
- Small handful cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- ¼ cup sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet. When your pan is really hot, add the okra and sauté until it starts to turn brown. Add a few pinches of salt.
- Add the shallots and jalapeños; sauté for 1 minute. Add the garlic, sauté for 30 seconds. Add the walnuts and tomatoes, and toss to incorporate.
- Deglaze the pan with the sherry vinegar, and reduce until it’s almost dry. Remove the pan from heat, and add the butter, tossing and stirring to create a glaze.