Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tasty Tuesday ~ Southern Goodness in a Skillet

Hey y'all! I'm back from my runaway vacation with Kathryn to Florida's "forgotten coast" at Mexico Beach, and it was some great  escape! (She's got a few photos posted at her blog, so check 'em out if you want to see what we saw.)

It was wonderful to just sit and soak up good conversation, coffee, peace, sunsets, beach views and walks and such without having to worry about a thing. Hope you all get a similar break from life's routines this summer.

Today's recipe comes from a dear family friend who agreed to share an excellent summer veggie dish with us all. (For you hunting enthusiasts, J.P. is the inventor of the PeeWillieWick scent dispenser thing-a-ma-bob.) He's always creating something fascinating and original, whether it's in the kitchen, at his drawing board, or in the shop! 

Here we go..................

Okra and Tomatoes (An Original Recipe by J.P. Averette)


Okra, Cut, Frozen ------------------------------- 1 Lb. Package
Tomatoes, Diced -------------------------------- 1 Large Can
Rotel Tomatoes, Original with Peppers ------ 1 Can
Garlic, Fresh ------------------------------------- 3 to 5 Cloves (Chopped)
Onion, Yellow ---------------------------------- 1 Large (Chopped)
Bell Pepper -------------------------------------- 3 TBS (Chopped)
Seasoning --------------------------------------- 1 TBS Tony’s or “Cajun”
Salt ----------------------------------------------- 1TSP (To taste)
Pepper ------------------------------------------- Fresh Ground
Olive Oil --------------------------------------- 5 TBS
Chicken Broth --------------------------------- 1 Can
Ground Meat ---------------------------------- 1 to 1-1/2 lbs (Good Quality Meat)


Place the Olive Oil in a LARGE Deep Black Iron Skillet or Black Iron Pot. If you don’t have a pot like this; stop until you get one! Place the Ground Meat in with the Olive Oil, Chopped Onion, Chopped Garlic, and Chopped Bell Pepper. Stir constantly, adding the Seasoning and Salt, and sauté the meat until it is cooked. This operation will not take long over medium heat.

Add the can of Rotel Tomatoes, can of Diced Tomatoes, can of Chicken Broth, and finally, add only half of the 1 lb. Package of frozen Okra. Yes, add the Okra while it is still frozen! Adjust your heat until the mixture arrives at a very slow boil and cover the pot with a good top. Cook for only 20 to 25 minutes with the top in place until the Okra is done. The Okra will not take long to cook! Stir in the Black Pepper. Add Salt to taste.

Note: Best when served with CornBread!

Note: This recipe freezes well for later use.


Janna Qualman said...

It sounds fantastic. You needed that! *hugs*

Tere Kirkland said...

LOL, Angie, I'm trying to clean OUT my fridge for summer, not put more stuff in it!

Sounds delicious!

Barb said...

Definitely giving this a go. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Angie!

Suldog said...

I can almost smell it frying up! Mmmmmmmm!

Karen said...

Yummo! I love okra and tomatoes, but never have combined beef. Will try that one. So glad you had a good trip.

Diane said...

i would eat the cornbread but that's about it.... Glad your trip was so fun and a time for you to laugh again. :O)

martina said...

Hi Angie, thank you so much for writing about RO*TEL. We love this recipe and think you should enter it into our recipe contest for a chance to win $2,000. For more info visit http://www.rotelacrossamerica.com

- The RO*TEL Across America Team

Marguerite said...

So glad that you were able to getaway and go to Florida with Kat! I just bought some okra and this recipe looks fab! Thanks for sharing, sha!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks Janna. Truly a heavenly escape. :D

Tere - Hear ya. Doing that today. (Making room for more fresh stuff!)

You're welcome Barb!

Hey Suldawg! Give it a whirl. I love me some one skillet dishes.

Thanks Karen. I'm gonna try the recipe myself soon too.

LOL on the cornbread only Diane. And thanks...had a mah-velous time!

Ooo, Martina, thanks. I'll pass on the info. to J.P. :D

Marguerite - Thanks sha. Hey...do you ever come visit here in Red Stick? If so, let's meet up!

Michelle H. said...

Hey Angie! So glad you enjoyed your va-kay at Mexico Beach.

This is an interesting recipe. I've never tried okra before, hearing mixed reviews. Is it as slimy as people claim?

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