Chef Uno Makes Smashed Fried Okra With Spicy Herbed Ranch

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Fall means cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and.... Orka! Chef Uno pulls together a crispy, crunchy take on this beloved vegetable. She makes Smashed Fried Okra with Spicy Herbed Ranch!

Smashed Fried Okra Ingredients:

1            pound             whole okra
1 1/2   cups                  buttermilk
1            tablespoon   hot sauce
2            cups                  yellow cornmeal
1            teaspoon       paprika
1/4       cup                   chopped parsley
2            cups                vegetable oil

Directions for Smashed Fried Okra:

Use a cast iron skillet or mallet to smash okra, starting at tip of pod and working toward stem end. Place buttermilk in a shallow dish with hot sauce. Then place cornmeal, paprika and parsley in another shallow dish. Stir desired amount of salt and pepper into buttermilk and cornmeal. Dip okra in buttermilk; dredge in cornmeal, shaking off excess.
Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a large Dutch oven; heat to 350°. Fry okra, in batches, 4-5 minutes or until brown and crisp, turning once. Remove okra, using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Add salt and pepper to taste; serve.

Spicy Herbed Ranch Ingredients:

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1/3      cup                  buttermilk
1/3      cup                  mayonnaise
1/3      cup                  sour cream
2           clove               zested garlic
1/4      cup                   finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1           tablespoon  hot sauce
1/2      teaspoon      kosher salt
1/4      teaspoon      fresh ground black pepper

Directions for Spicy Herbed Ranch:

Wisk buttermilk, garlic and hot sauce in a bowl.  Once buttermilk is mixed, fold in mayonnaise, sour cream and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve along side fried okra.

Cheers to eating well, Chef Uno.

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