Are you tired of okra yet? No? Good! Check out this Emerils recipe for smothered okra and tomatoes, a classic in Southern Louisiana cuisine. While some veggies are calling it quits for the summer, okra is abundant and here for the long haul, but that’s okay because it is delicious and nutritious. Pair it with some last of the season tomatoes and you are good to go!
Preheat the oven to 300ºF.
Wash the okra under cool water. Cut off the stems and slice each pod crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds.
Combine the okra and the rest of the ingredients in a large heavy ovenproof pot, not cast iron. Mix well. Cover the pot with a lid. Bake, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the slime has disappeared. Bake, uncovered, for the last 15 minutes of the cooking time. The time will vary, depending on the tenderness of the okra. Remove the bay leaves.
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