Stretch That Okra!

Fredda Rosenbaum


I grew up in a large family, and okra was a real treat for us. If the okra was insufficient for our crowd, Mom would stretch it with onion and potatoes. I liked this version better than plain fried okra!

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1 Hr 20 Min
30 Min
Pan Fry


1/2 tsp
2-3 c
sliced okra
1/2 c
1/4 c
all-purpose flour
1 c
corn meal
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp
garlic powder
vegetable oil
1 tsp
bacon grease (optional)
1 medium
diced onion

How to Make Stretch That Okra!


  • 1Earlier in the day, or a few days ahead, boil or bake 4 medium or 3 large potatoes.
  • 2When ready to prepare the recipe, skin the potatoes. Dice the potatoes in 1/2 to 3/4 inch cubes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  • 3Put the sliced okra in a bowl. Pour buttermilk over the okra just to cover.
  • 4Combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • 5Lift the okra out of the buttermilk a little at a time, letting the excess buttermilk drain off the okra.
  • 6Roll the drained okra in the cornmeal mixture in small batches. Set the okra on wire rack or foil until all of the okra breading is complete
  • 7Heat a 10-12" iron skillet (or nonstick skillet) on medium heat while finishing the breading process.
  • 8When the skillet is hot, add vegetable oil and the (optional) bacon grease to completely cover the bottom of the skillet.
  • 9As the oil begins to shimmer, start frying the okra in uncrowded batches. Add vegetable oil as needed.
  • 10Set aside the fried okra, taking care to give the pieces room to "set" the breading. (Avoid making the okra steam.)
  • 11Once the okra is done and removed from the skillet, sauté the diced onion.
  • 12When the onion is translucent, stir in the diced potatoes. Keep cooking until the potatoes have a crispy edge.
  • 13Gently stir in the breaded & cooked okra. Don't overdo; you don't want to pulverize the okra.
  • 14Serve once the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

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About Stretch That Okra!

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern