Okra Hot Fries Recipe

Wine pairing: La Crema Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

3 TO 4 SERVINGS 

Ingredients:

  • 20 to 25 medium to large okra pods, sliced lengthwise
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp Tajín Clásico seasoning (optional)
Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 400° F [205° C]. In a medium mixing bowl, toss the okra with the oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, celery seed, and Taj n, if using. On a sheet pan (or two) lined with parchment paper, space the okra out in a single layer without touching. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. They should be brown and crispy. Serve warm as a snack or side dish with any of the following cheat sauces.
Cheat Sauces: 

4 TO 6 SERVINGS EACH 

A cheat sauce is a chef term for a sauce made from mixing something into mayonnaise. These are your best friend in a pinch, and no one will know that you pulled it off in 17.8 seconds. I like these sauces with just about anything fried, but they really hit their high when dipped with these Okra Hot Fries or Fried Pickled Okra 

HERB CHEAT SAUCE

  • 3/4 cup [180 g]
  • mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup [60 g] sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp pesto
  • Pinch of salt

GARLIC CHEAT SAUCE

  • 1 cup [240 g] mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt

SRIRACHA CHEAT SAUCE

  • 1 cup [240 g]
  • mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp barbecue sauce

HOT HONEY CHEAT SAUCE

  • 1 cup [240 g]
  • mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • Pinch of salt

To make each sauce, simply whisk the ingredients together in a mixing bowl until combined. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.

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