FRIED OKRA AND POTATOES

FRIED OKRA AND POTATOES

1 lb. fresh okra (choose small pods for tenderness)
2 large potatoes (baking type – not new potatoes)
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1/2 c. cornmeal
1 t. salt
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/4 t. ground pepper

Wash okra and cut off stem ends. Cut in 1/2-inch pieces. Peel potatoes and chop into 1/2-inch dice. Put okra and potatoes in large bowl. Add chopped onion to mixture. Sprinkle cornmeal, salt and pepper over mixture. Stir until cornmeal is evenly distributed throughout mixture. Heat cooking oil in large skillet over medium heat (oil should be hot, but not smoking hot). Carefully spoon okra/potato mixture into hot oil. Fry, turning mixture occasionally, until potatoes are done and mixture is nicely browned, about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain on paper towels.