Oven-Fried Okra

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Fried okra is a very traditional southern side dish, and was the only way I would eat the otherwise slimy vegetable as a kid. These are baked instead of deep fried, so they are not as decadent as the ones we used to get at "Dixie Dandy" back home, but they have a nice crunch and taste nearly as good when dipped in ketchup.

1 egg
1/2 teaspoon chili pepper sauce (optional)
1 lb. fresh okra
1 cup dry bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Trim ends from okra and slice into rounds about 1/2" thick. In a large pot of sated water, boil okra about 5 minutes, just until tender. Drain and pat dry. In a large bowl, beat together egg, pepper sauce, and one Tbsp of water. Add okra to bowl and stir until coated with the egg mixture.

Fill a large paper or resealable plastic bag with the bread crumbs, salt and pepper. With a slotted spoon, remove okra from the egg mixture and add to the bag, turning and shaking slightly until okra is evenly coated.

On a nonstick baking sheet, spread okra in a single layer and spray okra with nonstick spray. Bake about 12-15 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. (Serves six.)
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