Grilled Okra with Lemon Basil Dressing

 

Grilled Okra with Lemon and Basil Dressing

 

It’s time to fire up the grill!! After a soggy week we finally have had a few days of sunshine! The arrival of spring and warmer weather seems to just beckon everyone to spend more time outdoors – taking the dog for a long walk, doing yard work, planting a garden (we can’t wait to see how our tomatoes do this year) and, of course, grilling!

 

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Have you tried using smoking wood on top of your charcoal or with your propane grill? You can put it directly on top of the charcoal or around the perimeter of your gas grill. Smoking wood produces smoke (duh!) and a wonderful flavor and aroma. Green Hickory wood chunks are considered the king of smoking wood and impart an intense smoky taste. Because it is cut from green wood it still retains some of the natural moisture of the tree which creates a more flavorful smoke without the need to soak in water before using.Hickory Chunks for Grilling or Smoking

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge okra fan. But pretty much the only way I’ve ever had it was breaded and fried or in gumbo. I try not to eat a lot of fried foods and gumbo seems more of a cold weather dish to me so when I saw okra on sale at a local store I decided to branch out and try it grilled.

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 My main beef with okra up to this point was the texture – when cooked it is kind of “slimey” (I know I’m not alone here!). But, keeping the pods whole will minimize this as well as cooking them at a high temperature on the grill. And the smoky flavor – delicious!! (My dog even ate one before he realized it was a vegetable and not chicken!).

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 We served the okra with simple grilled chicken and grilled tomatoes. Easy to prepare and clean up!

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If, like me, you think you dislike okra in all forms, give this recipe a try. You may become an okra convert too!

 

Note: Fiddlesticks Hickory Chunks are in stock at local Birmingham, Alabama Piggly Wiggly and Western Supermarkets. If your store does not have Fiddlesticks Firestarter and Hickory Chunks ask them start carrying the products. You can really taste the difference!

 

Grilled Okra with Lemon and Basil Dressing

 

2 pounds fresh okra, washed

2 tablespoons olive oil

Dash of salt and pepper

Dressing:

¼ cup olive oil

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

Dash of salt and fresh ground pepper

 

 

Start with the dressing: mix together all the dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake vigorously to combine or mix with a whisk. Set aside. Toss the okra with 2 tablespoons olive oil and the dash of salt and pepper. Grill the okra at high heat for about 3 minutes. Turn and grill 3 minutes more on the other side. Remove from the grill and drizzle with the Lemon and Basil Dressing before serving.

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