Fried Pecan Okra
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 (10-oz.) packages frozen whole okra, thawed or fresh okra
- Peanut oil
First, place the pecans in an even layer in a shallow pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Process the pecans, baking mix, and next two ingredients in a food processor until the pecans are finely ground. Place pecan mixture in a large bowl, add the okra, tossing to coat. Then gently press pecan mixture into okra. Pour oil to a depth of about two inches into a Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet; heat to 350 degrees. Fry okra, in batches, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels.