Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cajun Okra and Tomatoes / Orignal Recipe

This is a perfect side dish for Mardi Gras.
I make it often during the Winter months.

4 TBS Olive Oil
1 large white Onion, diced
1 1/2 pounds of frozen, sliced Okra
1 - 14.5 oz. can of diced Tomatoes, undrained
1 - 10 oz. can of diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles, undrained
1 TBS Cajun Spice (recipe to follow, if you can't buy it)

Heat oil in a large skillet on medium high.
Saute onion until translucent.
Add okra and continue to cook, 8-10 minutes.
Stirring occasionally.

Add both cans of Tomatoes and continue to cook for 10 minutes uncovered.
Add Spice, stir well.
Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

Serve over cooked rice.

1 C uncooked white rice = 3 C cooked rice
1 C uncooked brown rice = 4 C cooked rice

White Rice:
1 C long grain white rice
2 C water
1 tsp butter

In a saucepan with a lid, bring water, salt, and butter to a boil.
Stir in rice.
Cover tightly, reduce heat to low.
Simmer for 20 minutes
Do not lift the lid.
Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.

Brown Rice:
1 C rice, rinse under cold water for 30 seconds.
6 C water
1/2 tsp salt

Boil water in a large pot with a lid.
Stir in rice.
Boil for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Strain the rice in a sieve or colander 10-15 seconds.
Retain the water in the pot.
Return rice to the pot, remove from heat and cover tightly.
Let stand for 10 minutes.
Fluff with a fork.

Cajun Spice:

2 1/2 TBS paprika
2 TBS salt
2 TBS garlic powder
1 TBS onion powder
1 TBS cayenne pepper
1 TBS dried oregano
1 TBS dried thyme
1 TBS black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a jar, shake well and store in the pantry.
I always have a jar available.

Okra and Onion

Tomatoes added

Cajun Seasoning added

Peace in the Kitchen!

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