I freakin’ love Okra Stew!

courtesy of southernfood.about.com

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh okra, washed, trimmed, sliced

1 can (14.5 ounces) stewed tomatoes or 3-4 medium tomatoes, chopped and 2/3 cups tomato juice

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 medium finely chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or 1/2 minced jalapeno

salt and pepper, to taste

Option: add corn and/or meat to taste

Directions

Place sliced okra in pan; cover with water. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Drain water and add remaining ingredients. Simmer mixture for 15 to 20 minutes longer, until okra is tender. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Serve with grits, rice, or cornbread.

Tastes great made ahead, covered and refrigerated.

Yield: 4 servings

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