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Simple Scalloped Okra Cooking Recipes

Scalloped Okra

 

Southerners like to scallop almost anything, and okra is delicious prepared this way. Use commercial cracker crumbs if you like or crush your own saltines. For a richer dish, crush butter crackers such as Ritz instead. Serve this simple cooking recipes with any kind of roasted poultry.


Makes 6 servings

  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus additional for buttering

  • 1 pounds small okra, stems trimmed to about 1/8 inch, boiled in salted water to cover until just tender, about 5 minutes, and drained

  • 1 pint boiling onions, boiled in water to cover for 1 minute, drained, pelled, simmered in salted water until tender, 8 to 10 minutes, and drained; or one-half 16 ounce package of frozen baby onions, thawed

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup milk, heated until bubbles appear around the edge

  • cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/3 cup cracker crumbs (commercial, or crushed saltines)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Generously butter a small shallow baking dish.

  2. Combine the okra and onions and spread them in the prepared dish.

  3. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, until light golden brown, being careful not to burn it, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the milk and whisk until smooth. Cook, stirring, until beginning to thicken, about 2 minutes. Pour this over the okra and onions.

  4. In a small bowl, combine the cheese and cracker crumbs. Spread them over the vegetables. Bake until the sauce is bubbling hot and the crumbs are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve this simple scalloped okra cooking recipes very hot.

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