Elevate your appetizer or side dish scene with this sophisticated, yet simple to prepare, okra appetizer.
Okra is the unsung hero of vegetables. At least this is how I feel about it.
Most people are only familiar with fried okra or okra in gumbo. While both of these dishes are delectable, it's only the beginning of what this power veggie has to offer.
I love to roast okra. And I mean, I REALLY love roasted okra. It transforms this humble, southern vegetable to something high class and so flavorful.
If you are new to roasted okra, I think my Roasted Okra & Tomatoes recipe is great starting place.
However, if you and roasted okra already have "a thing", like we do, I have an amazing new recipe for you: Roasted Okra with Smoky Red Pepper Ricotta.
It is the perfect upscale appetizer or classy side dish that looks like it took forever to make, but didn't. This recipe doesn't need any hard-to-find ingredients so don't worry about that. The only real unique ingredient is smoked, sweet paprika, which is easy to find on Amazon or any grocery store nowadays.
This dish not only looks beautiful, it also has surprising flavors to back up its good looks. It's the perfect okra appetizer or side dish. To serve this, I recommend using either a serving spoon or pie server so you can scoop up the ricotta underneath with the okra on top. Eat it with your fingers as a appetizer or with a fork and knife as a side dish.
Here's how you make it:Print
I'll tell you a little secret about this recipe. I created it for an actual magazine, Edible Northeast Florida, as a part of their holiday entertaining issue. It sadly did not make the cut, but this recipe did!!
So tell me, what kind of feelings do you have about okra? Leave a comment and let me know.