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When I try to explain this blog to people – especially if I’m not certain how much knowledge of musical theatre they have – I often use “Phantom of the Okra” has an example. We published that recipe back in 2016 and it still amuses me! However, I think I have found myself a new favorite okra-based-musical-inspired-food-pun (and everyone should have one, I think). So where is that wavin’ wheat? Ohhhhhhhhhhhkrahoma!
This is actually the third recipe inspired by the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, Oklahoma. The first two being the highly memorable I’m Just A Girl Who Carrot Say No and Sprout of My Dreams. Clearly there’s a strong link between this musical and vegetable dishes…
Okrahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain…
So there are several ways to cook these spiced okra. If it’s grilling weather, then cook them out on the barbecue. After seasoning the okra, place them either in a single layer in a fish basket, or thread them onto skewers (pre-soaked if wooden). This makes it a LOT easier to turn them while they’re cooking! Alternatively, cook them inside on a grill pan – the skewer system would work well here too if you can fit them in – otherwise you’ll just have to turn them all over individually with tongs.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the grilling removes the gummy sliminess that some people aren’t fond of. They’re soft, smoky, and delicious!
And when we sayYeeow! Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay!We’re only sayin’You’re doin’ fine, Okrahoma!
Okrahoma…O – K – R – A – H – O – M – AOKRAHOMA!Yeeow!
- 1 lb fresh okra
- 2 tbs olive oil
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- Combine the olive oil and seasonings together in a large bowl. Add the okra, and stir to coat the vegetables in the oil mixture.
- Cook via one of these methods: 1. Thread them onto skewers and cook on the grill. 2. Place the okra in a single layer in a fish basket and cook on the grill. 3. Cook them inside on a grill pan.
- Cook until soft, turning over during the cooking time.