SOUTHERN FRIED OKRA

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Ingredients

1 pound fresh okra
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup self-rising cornmeal
1 cup self-rising flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
Vegetable oil
1/4 cup bacon drippings

Directions:

Trim and discard tip and stem ends from okra; cut okra into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Gently mix okra into buttermilk; cover and chill 45 minutes.

Mix the cornmeal and next 3 ingredients in a bowl. Remove okra from buttermilk with a slotted spoon, and discard buttermilk. Dredge okra, in batches, in the cornmeal mixture.

Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a dutch oven or cast-iron skillet; add bacon drippings, and heat to 375°. Fry okra, in batches, 4 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels.

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