I'm not sure where okra ranks in popularity in the U.S., but I can't imagine it's anywhere near the top of the list.  It doesn't have a lot of flavor and it's slimy....Good to thicken a gumbo, but not so good to snack on.  So, how do you make it delicious?  Bread it and fry it of course!

Fried okra is a staple where I grew up, but not so much outside of the southeastern U.S.  If you happen to be a fan, there is a place you can get some of this "Tennessee Popcorn" in downtown Billings, but it's not on the menu.  Dickey's Bar-B-Q on Montana ave. does have fried okra available.  I'm not sure if the reason it isn't on the menu is because they are phasing it out, or because they just don't like making the trip to the fryer (it's way in the back), but they will fix you an order if you ask them to.  The best thing about that is that it goes straight from the fryer to your table, so there's no chance of some soggy, reheated okra.

I'm sure it's going from a freezer bag to the fryer, but that's still better than having a heat lamp involved.


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