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My Homemade Smothered Okra and Tomatoes
And So It Begins...
My wife Loves My Smothered Okra and Tomatoes
Hello again! Well this time its my homemade smothered okra and tomatoes! Really a simple dish but so very complex in flavors! My wife Olga loves this stuff and will readily consume an entire batch by herself if I let her. She has it with a little splash of Tabasco sauce and an ice cold Coke! It really is good! It is also great if added into a homemade gumbo of any kind. I guess I have been making okra and tomatoes or atleast eating it for as far back as I can remember! My Mom introduced me to the wonders of this strange vegetable many years ago! So for that I say THANK YOU MOM!
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Homemade Smothered Okra and Tomatoes
Here we go:
- 3 to 4 lbs. frozen sliced okra
- 1 yellow onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic,finely diced
- 4 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 can diced tomatoes in juice
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp. cajun seasoning
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- 4 cups water
Saute onion in a large pot with the olive oil. Add in the garlic when the onion has softened and turned a bit translucent. Stir in the okra, water, tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings. Turn heat to medium low and cover pot. Allow to come to a simmer while stirring occasionally. Add water as needed. Allow to cook for about 30 minutes, cover and turn off heat. Allow to sit for about an hour covered to "smother" in the pot. Stir after it sits and adjust seasonings.
I serve this with hot, buttered cornbread, Tabasco sauce and an ice cold beer or iced tea. That is all that is needed for a great meal! It can also be used as the base for a great gumbo.
I do hope you try this recipe out with your family and friends and let me know what you think!