Thursday 18th August 2016
For some reason, we planted ochro in our garden a little while back and it started bearing insane amounts. After sharing out to friends, we still had some left. I can't say I'm an ochro fan so goodness knows why we even planted it. They're weird and slimy and prickly and when they're cooked, the taste isn't worth the effort. Soooo....here's an ochro recipe! Lol. In all fairness, I did have a really good deep fried ochro at a restaurant a little while back. But since I avoid frying things myself, I try to bake when possible and usually baking is a good alternative to frying without all of the oil.
The cornmeal is pretty important in this recipe, specifically because it soaks up the excessive sliminess of the ochro. You're left with a flavourful coated veggie that still remains reasonably healthy. It works as a side dish, but since they're so small and easy to eat, you can easily keep walking past the stove and picking a few off the tray until there's almost none left for dinner. Or so I've heard. *looks around guiltily*.
Another bonus is that the you get that "shake and bake" cooking concept so you can easily include your kids (or an unskilled significant other) in the 'shake' part of the cooking process. You just need to make sure you manage the 'bake' part of it. Lol.
2 cups Ochro, sliced
3 tbsp. Cornmeal
2 1/2 tbsp. Breadcrumbs
2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
2 Eggs, beaten
3-4 tbsp. Oil of choice
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking tray with foil and pour the oil onto the tray. Place in oven for about 2 -3 minutes to warm up slightly. Be careful not to let the oil burn. Remove from oven.
In a large Ziploc Bag, mix everything except the ochro and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and ochro and stir with a slotted spoon until the ochro is evenly coated with the egg. Transfer small batches of the ochro to the bag and shake until you're sure the ochro is coated with the cornmeal mixture. Transfer to tray and lightly spray the top of the ochro with cooking spray. Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway.
So I mean, no problem if you love your ochro and shrimps and roti, but if you want to switch things up a bit, try this out and let us know how it came out! Tag us on social media and use #hotspotgyfood or #hotspotgy or just comment below. You have options. :) . Happy cooking!