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MeridianDog
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Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
We had some fresh okra and so I decided to do it up country good tonight.

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There are only two of us, and this was a bit much okra for two, so as I trimmed the tops and blossom ends I separated the okra to be fried

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from the boiling size pods and set them aside for tomorrow or whenever.

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Then I cut my frying okra into bite size pieces (about an inch long). To deep fry my okra, I needed Okra, buttermilk, salt and pepper, vegetable oil and cornmeal mix

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To my okra, I added about a half cup of buttermilk, 1 teaspoon salt and a sprinkling of black pepper. I mixed this up, covered it with plastic wrap and placed it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to allow the buttermilk to do it's thing.

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Eventually I selected the most ripe tomato from our stash, peeled and sliced it.

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Time to cook my other vegetables. My dad is gone for several years now, but all of my memories of him are good and remain strong. His favorite vegetable always was butterbeans cooked mixed with ladypeas and so for him, here they are.

To a boiler with a half cup of water, I'll add a tablespoon vegetable oil, half a teaspoon salt, half a teaspoon sugar, a two serving package of frozen butterbeans and a two serving package of frozen ladypeas

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I am a southerner. I cooked them with a lid for about 40 minutes.

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We have some pork loin chops in the freezer, cut from a whole loin and I decided to pan sear those in a touch of oil with Lawry's garlic salt and black pepper.

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Back to my fried okra, which is the star of my dinner.

Out of the refrigerator after soaking in the buttermilk for two hours,

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add two or three Tablespoons of self rising corn meal/flour 50/50 blend.

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And mix to form a thick coating batter with the buttermilk.

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I will deep fry the okra in vegetable oil at about 350. I do not use a thermometer. I just add them a few at a time and cook them at a strong fry. Takes about three minutes per batch.

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Dinner is on the plate:

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Because it is high calorie, fried food, we don't eat fried okra often, but it is so good.

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Thanks for looking.


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t00f
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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
Another I don't like Okra but you seem to make me want to eat it. Whole meal looks awesome!


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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
These are exactly the kind of meals I was raised on.



Know how I know you're not far from the Mississippi Delta?


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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
I just ate, but I'm feeling hungry again


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MeridianDog
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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
quote:

exactly the kind of meals I was raised on.


Me too. Shouts out memories of my mom and her mom.

I live in Clinton, but mom grew up in Isola, MS. Dad outside of Hollandale. Do you know where those towns are? Not much more delta than them.
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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
quote:

Know how I know you're not far from the Mississippi Delta?


Kroger labels?


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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
MD.

you never dissapoint,
when(if) i grow up i want to to cook like you


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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
There's no way of knowing how many times I saw my dad pick a fresh tomato, slice it up, Dash little salt on it, and have it for a snack.



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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)


Meridian dog is tgoat


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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
quote:

MeridianDog


You still able to pick up stuff from the county farm?

My grandparents live about 5 miles from there down on Oakley-Palestine Road so I've eaten my fair share of their food from the farm.

Nice pics as always.


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TideSaint
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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
quote:

There's no way of knowing how many times I saw my dad pick a fresh tomato, slice it up, Dash little salt on it, and have it for a snack.


Hell, I still do that today. Great snack and good for you too.


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CBandits82
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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
Looks awesome.


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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
I love fried okra. Thanks for sharing. Entire dinner looks incredible.


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CookieTiger
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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
Gawd that looks mighty good. My favorite LSU-MSU game was back in late '70s in Starkville. We had "lunch" in campus cafeteria. This was before "farm-to-table" etc. It was absolutely the best real-time cooking ever. For whatever reason, the black eyed peas stand out in my mind. I can't remember why exactly. But a nap on a front porch would have been a classic ending. LSU won the game that day. But MSU definitely won the Southern hospitality that day.


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MeridianDog
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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
quote:

You still able to pick up stuff from the county farm?


The tomatoes I show came from there (Yesterday) as did the okra. They still have lots of both and I think they will for some time, since they planted maybe 200 plants that have tennis ball sized fruit and we are getting rain.

I could have bought a bushel of okra yesterday and IMO, okra makes well right up to frost, which should still be some time out. They still have yellow squash and they have what appear to be nice bottles of pepper sauce. I am not a big fan of pepper sauce, but it does look nice.

Oh and they have boiled peanuts both regular and what the deputy called Cajun. They were both ok, but I like to boil my own peanuts and you can buy nice green peanuts from lots of places here.

I try to limit my boiled peanuts to three or four times during the green season due to calories. My dad always said, "Son, you need to remember that they use peanuts to fatten up hogs in Georgia."


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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
Eating with you and BKNGDDIRREY is on my bucket list.


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HatefulTiger
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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
Small world MD, my mom is from Belzoni. Spent many summers as a kid being bored out of my mind up there, haha!


fatboydave
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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
Looks good. Best use if okra in my opinion.


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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
quote:

These are exactly the kind of meals I was raised on.



Know how I know you're not far from the Mississippi Delta?


LOL, was raised in Metry


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MeridianDog
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re: Fried Okra, Porkchops, Tomatoes, Butterbeans and Ladypeas Country Style (Photos)
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Small world MD, my mom is from Belzoni


Be careful HTiger. We will wind up being related and that will hurt your reputation .

I still have relatives living in Belzoni. I had an uncle and aunt that owned a butcher shop and small grocery store there. Had another uncle who ran the tractor barn at the M.T. Reid plantation in the years before and while they were building 2,000 + acres of catfish ponds, when that industry was just starting.

We were in Belzoni (at Sky Lake WMA - Cypress Swamp) recently. Back in the 50s and 60s, Belzoni was where folks in Isola went to shop - maybe Hollandale, if they couldn't get to Greenville. I remember when they had two Chinese Groceries in Isola (called Chinaman groceries back then). My memories of that part of Mississippi are youthful days when we enjoyed being there with cousins for a few days, and never for a full summer. Honestly I can never remember being bored. Maybe I was just a country kid from Jackson, out in the country of Isola.



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