Latest Food Find: Dried Okra

October 16, 2013 | By | Comments (11)

okraWe recently had a grocery store open up extremely close to our Test Kitchen. Fortunately it was a Fresh Market, which is just between between a general grocery store like Safeway or Publix and a more upscale store like Whole Foods. The new store is great for us Test Kitchen folk because it helps us to see a wider variety of food items. Sometimes we feel like we are trying to re-invent the wheel when it comes to testing and developing recipes. Seeing and tasting all the new products help us to think a little more creatively about our recipes, thus creating more delicious and attractive recipes for our readers.

Today, while shopping for the first time at Fresh Market, I came across some dried okra. I know, it sounds awesome… It actually really was good; the texture was really the part that I loved. They are all really crunchy, like really crunchy. The type of crunch that instantly mutes any noise around you and replaces it with a deafening crack as you crunch down. I have also found (as I am eating them as I type) that occasionally you get one that is really airy and crispy, a nice change of pace as you crunch through the package. The crispy ones are a nice unexpected bonus, kind of like getting a peanut M&M that has 2 peanuts in it!

The flavor of these are pretty good, but could be a lot better. I’m imaging a soy and sesame flavored one or maybe one with a lot of black pepper on it. The okra flavor is pretty mild, in the same way that nori is. These would be great served with a dip at a party or with your summer tomato salad. I could see them crunched up over a stir-fry or sprinkled on a burger.

Anyhow, these were a nice treat to find in the store and they really got my mind thinking ways to use them.

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  10. Anita

    If you’re not near a Fresh Market, you can get dried okra (listed as okra chips, I think) from nuts.com. It’s fantastic. Haven’t tried their other dried veggies, but their fruits and nuts are great.

    October 16, 2013 at 9:34 am
  11. Lynn

    There’s a Fresh Market near my office and my coworker John and I both like to talk and sample things we get there. He came back last week with a bag that included lunch and some chocolate (I overheard him say.) When I walked by, he said, “would you like to try some of this?” I got excited, thinking it was the chocolate, but it was that dried okra! Slight disappointment ensued.

    OK – I did like it. It’s not chocolate, but if you are looking for a lo cal crispy bite, this is for you. :)

    October 16, 2013 at 8:08 am

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