This Stewed Okra with Bacon is a great way to use up garden fresh okra.
This dish combines basically all my favorites from the garden into one delicious treat! I have to admit I’m a sucker for some fried okra, but this is a much lighter way to go about it. It doesn’t lack on flavor and taste either…I was eating this like candy! My daughter even grabbed raw okra and ate it and she loved it. That girl LOVES okra. She doesn’t like hardly anything, but give her okra and she is happy.
I remember as a kid never wanting to try okra, then I did and was hooked ever since. We grow it every year and this year we are picking okra almost daily from our garden. I won’t complain, I love cooking it. I almost always make it grilled or stewed like this recipe. It’s a very simple way to make veggies tasty!
One of the key flavors for this dish is created by using a bit of bacon grease to grease the pan. This doesn’t take much just about a tablespoon adds a great taste to it, plus who doesn’t love bacon? I know for us it’s usually on our menu every single week. Just the other day we had bacon for dinner and then a bunch of garden fresh produce plus some eggs from our chickens too. It was somewhat of a mod podge dinner, but it was so delicious and the perfect way to use your own produce and eggs.
We paired this with ribs for dinner and it was amazing! The dish complimented the ribs well and I felt like we got a burst of flavor by adding the bacon grease to the veggies too. Does anyone else save their bacon grease? My husband does but I almost always end up throwing it out. I guess I need to find some more ways to use it. What do you do with it?
Are you ready for this garden fresh dish?
Stewed Okra with Bacon
- 2 Bacon Slices
- 1 Tbsp Bacon Grease
- 1 Cup Sweet Onion Sliced & Diced
- 1 Green Bell Pepper Chopped
- 1 Garlic Clove Crushed
- 1 Lb Fresh Okra Sliced
- 1 Tomato Sliced
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 3/4 Tsp Garlic Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Dried Thyme
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
Begin by preparing and cooking the bacon, reserving 1 Tbsp of bacon grease.
In a medium sized cast iron skillet, add in the bacon grease.
Let it warm up for about a minute then add in bacon, crumbling it, and the remaining ingredients.
Let this cook and stew for 20 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.