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Okra Fries

By Chef Maria Cummins

Course
snack
Cuisine
american
Servings
4

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces fresh Okra, remove the tops and slice lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Place sliced okra in a bowl. Combine the okra, olive oil, paprika, black pepper, and salt. Toss to coat.
  3. Place the okra cut side down on a baking sheet topped with a wire rack, in rows (do not overcrowd or overlap, otherwise, the okra will not crisp). Roast for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Chef Maria Cummins

Born in Venezuela, Maria Cummins discovered her deep-rooted passion for food from an early age. Her culinary journey led her to Lima, Peru, where she immersed herself in the rich secrets of Peruvian gastronomy during part of her childhood. In her early twenties, she embarked on a new chapter by coming to the United States and delving into the Hospitality Industry in Boston, Massachusetts.

Maria's culinary adventure continued as she relocated to San Diego, California, where she made her mark by opening the renowned El Tucan Restaurant. Her extensive travels and diverse experiences greatly influenced her innovative culinary style, shaping the unique approach she is celebrated for today.

During her time in San Diego, Chef Maria not only honed her culinary skills but also gained a profound understanding of the importance of nutrition, particularly through the use of organic and unprocessed ingredients.

Today, Maria Cummins is the proud owner, founder, and head chef of the Real Food Academy, a culinary haven nestled in the vibrant city of Miami. Here, both kids and adults come together every week to share the joy of connecting through the power of Real Food and Real Fun!

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