Stewed Okra with Heirloom Tomatoes

This quick-cooked okra stew is the perfect combination of savory, tangy, and just a little bit spicy.

Ingredients:
1 small onion chopped (about 1 cup)
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 small green chiles, such as jalapeño, chopped
1 pound okra, sliced into rounds (or small whole okra, trimmed)
1 teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon paprika
1½ cup crushed tomatoes
½ cup water
1 heirloom tomato, sliced into rounds
Juice of ½ lime, or more to your liking
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet (or pan with a lid) over medium-high until shimmering but not smoking. Lower the heat to medium and add the onions, garlic and chopped chiles. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes stirring regularly (do not let the garlic burn, if needed adjust heat).

2. Add the okra and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes over medium-high heat. Season with sea salt, black pepper and the spices. Toss to coat. Add the crushed tomatoes and water. Stir to combine. Add the tomato slices on top.

3. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and cover most of the way (leave a little opening at the top). Let the okra simmer on low heat for 20 to 25 minutes or until the okra has softened. Uncover and add juice of ½ lime (more to your liking). Remove from heat and serve over rice.

*Variation: Add in some of this week’s Andouille sausage for a little extra kick!

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