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Charred Okra with Bacon Vinaigrette


¾ cup olive oil, divided

2 cups diced bacon

2 shallots, minced

¼ cup sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

2 teaspoons chopped thyme

1 pound okra

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large
skillet over medium-high heat, warm ½ cup
olive oil. Add bacon and cook until crisp, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in shallots, vinegar, mustard, and thyme.
  2. Cut larger pods of okra in half, drizzle with remaining ¼ cup olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place okra cut-side down in a large sauté pan and roast until golden brown. Toss in bacon vinaigrette and serve warm.
From Nina Compton's Caribbean Christmas.
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