Creole Tomatoes Okra and Rice

This wonderful recipe for Creole Tomatoes Okra and Rice contains sweet juicy ripe Creole Tomatoes along with Okra, and can be served in many ways. It can be used as a side dish to compliment your meal or as a main dish.Creole Tomatoes Okra and Rice contains Andouille Sausage and bacon drippings.You may choose to omit those ingredients to convert to a Vegetarian Dish if desired. It’s one the MOST amazing Southern Louisiana Creole Dish.

Interestingly enough it’s not the way we cook our recipe for Creole Tomatoes and Okra that give it its name, It’s actually the ingredients. Creole Tomatoes are one of the most sought after tomatoes in South Louisiana in the month of June. The tomatoes are grown on well-known farms… Often folks wait for those first crates of vine-ripened Creole tomatoes to arrive at the Farmers Market and buy them by the box. Creole tomatoes range in size from medium to almost small pumpkin sized.

#NOLA #CreoleTomatoes #Okra and #Rice 1If there ever was a tomato plant that could be considered Royalty the Creole Tomato Plant would be the Royal Family of the tomato plant Species… Louisiana loves this wonderful Heirloom Tomato Plant so much it was adopted as their “State Vegetable plant” FYI shortly thereafter the Sweet Potato was named Louisiana’s “State Vegetable” to keep the peace between the Louisiana Farmers and Sweet Potato growers.

#NOLA #Creole #Tomatoes Okra and Rice _The McCallum's Shamrock Patch

 

Creole Tomatoes Okra and Rice

  • 1-2  tablespoons bacon grease, or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne peppers, minced
  • 1 cup cooked Andouille Sausage , finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 4 Cups fresh Okra, washed trimmed and cut into pieces
  • 3 Cups fresh  Creole Heirloom Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Creole Spice blend, your brand
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste

Other ingredients

  • hot sauce, your brand
  • 1/4 cup green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 2-4 cups white rice, cooked

 Directions

  1. In a large, deep skillet heat bacon grease or olive oil.
  2. Add onion, garlic, and cayenne peppers sauté till softened.
  3. Add Andouille Sausage , white wine,  Heirloom tomatoes, fresh parsley, thyme, basil, creole spice blend, kosher salt and pepper.
  4. Cook about 15 minutes on low heat  before adding fresh okra.
  5. Cook for about 3-6 minutes. (I cook mine about 3 minutes, as I like my Okra still firm)  Either serve over white rice or mix into resembling ours pictured above.
  6. Top with green onions and hot sauce if desired.

Notes

If you like you may omit Andouille sausage and Bacon grease to convert to a vegetarian meal.  The Creole Heirloom tomatoes may be replaced with any fresh Heirloom tomatoes from your garden, or Farmer’s market. It is recommended not to use frozen okra or canned tomatoes.  However if you find yourself in a bind,  I recommend using San Marzano canned diced tomatoes. If you need to use frozen okra, add at the end just long enough to warm through, about 1 minute.

 

© Heidy L. McCallum and The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner are strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Heidy L. McCallum and The McCallum’s Shamrock Patch with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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18 thoughts on “Creole Tomatoes Okra and Rice

  1. auntbeesrecipes says:

    You are speaking my language now!!!! From the bacon grease to the okra and tomatoes with all the delicious spices! This is WONDERFUL!!!

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  2. Nicole Neverman says:

    I only tried okra for the first time a few months ago and I found it really delicious, I would love to try it in this rice dish. I imagine it would taste fantastic in combination with the lovely fresh tomatoes.

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  3. Sandra Shaffer says:

    I have never cooked okra and only eaten it a couple of time. Your Creole Tomatoes Okra and Rice reminds me of my husband’s aunt who is from Louisiana and uses Creole spices in many of her dishes. Something new to experiment with for me. Thank you!

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  4. bakesinslippers says:

    Such a bright and colorful dish! I have recently learned to appreciate okra, so I think I would definitely give this one a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. debi says:

    This looks awesome! Thanks for the veggie options on this yummy looking dish. I’d love to try and grow those Creole Tomatoes. Bet they are delish! And, strangely enough, I’ve never actually cooked okra. I’ve seen it in the store, but never bought and cooked it. Maybe I need to get out more and try new food! hee hee!

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  6. Ronda says:

    I love Cajun and creole food especially anything with Andouille Sausage. My husband really enjoys the punch of flavors we get from Cajun dishes. This will make a great addiction to our recipe files. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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