Don’t skip toasting the pecans for the sake of time. The crunchy coating would be nothing without the rich flavor that results from a good, quick toast in the oven.
1 cup pecans
1 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 (10-oz.) packages frozen whole okra, thawed*
How to Make It
Place pecans in an even layer in a shallow pan.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally.
Process pecans, baking mix, and next 2 ingredients in a food processor until pecans are finely ground. Place pecan mixture in a large bowl. Add okra, tossing to coat. Gently press pecan mixture into okra.
Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet; heat to 350°. Fry okra, in batches, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels.
*1 (16-oz.) package frozen cut okra, thawed, may be substituted.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Bisquick Original All-Purpose Baking Mix.