Italian Baked Okra Spears

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READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Rinse okra and set aside to dry.
  • Place Italian croutons in food processor and process to a fine consistency.
  • Empty crumbs into a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients together, mixing thoroughly until you have a thick paste
  • Stir the okra into the paste mixture turning gently until all the okra has clumps of the paste clinging to it. It will not have a smooth even coating, rather clumps of coating.
  • One by one, place 1/2 of the coated okra on one side of a foal lined cookie sheet.
  • Take the other 1/2 of the paste coated okra and roll it gently in the breadcrumbs.
  • Place this okra on the other half of the foal lined cookie sheet until the sheet is full.
  • Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until tomato paste mixture has caramelized and okra has an ever so slight crispiness left to it. Do not overcook or it will be gummy and tough.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy as a messy appetizer finger food or as a side dish.
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