Summer’s Not Over

19 Sep

Wow today was a hot one… we’re having summer late this year. I have another recipe from the farmers’ market called “summer saute with okra, corn, squash and tomatoes” which I want to share with the masses. It’s a great one because it uses the freshest ingredients of summer.

  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 okra pods
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from ~3 ears of corn)
  • 6 baby green pattypan squash, cut into 6 pieces <– we used zucchini instead
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 chopped green onions

Cut the okra crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces. Mix cornmeal and cayenne pepper in small bowl. Toss okra into to mix and lightly coat.

Heat 4 tbsp oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add okra and saute until golden brown. Transfer to paper towel to drain; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wipe out skillet.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in skillet over medium heat. Add corn, squash, and garlic; saute for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes; cover and cook until squash is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Mix in okra, cilantro, and green onions.

Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and cayenne.

Makes 4-6 servings

It’s great with quinoa too!


2 Responses to “Summer’s Not Over”

  1. frugalfeeding September 20, 2011 at 3:54 AM #

    Oh yum, this looks so fresh and delicious. However, I’m sorry to report that summer is officially over – here at least, the weather is terrible.

    • mantousmom September 20, 2011 at 12:47 PM #

      Yes, it’s hard to believe how sunny and perfect our weather is here! I can’t complain except that it gets a little too toasty in the afternoon and I don’t have any air-conditioning.

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