Chive Biscuits with Smoky Corn and Okra Stew

This meal was summer’s going away party. Sorry I didn’t get it up sooner and you won’t have the opportunity to make it until next year. I’m sure there’s a big welcome winter party coming soon.

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Exhibit A: Chive Biscuits. Why limit biscuits to breakfast?

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Exhibit B: Smoky Corn and Okra Stew. Char the corn as much as possible. Cook the okra as little as possible.

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Exhibit C: Chive Biscuit with Smoky Corn and Okra Stew. It’s the biscuits and gravy of dinner. The recipe is below (you could easily substitute vegetable broth and omit the turkey for a vegetarian version).

Chive Biscuits (makes 8):

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tb baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1 1/4 skicks cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Mix dry ingredients and add chives
  • Cut butter into small pieces and cut into dry ingredients
  • Add buttermilk and stir (not too much!)
  • Knead 6-8 times
  • Roll dough into a 12″x6″x1″ rectangle and cut into 8 squares
  • Whisk together 1 egg and 1/4 cup buttermilk and brush tops of biscuits (not required, but it makes a nice golden crust)
  • Bake for 12-15 min at 450

Smoky Corn and Okra Stew (serves 8 – generously):

  • 4 ears corn (discard husks, reserve silks)
  • 1 lb smoked turkey leg (from grocery deli)
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 large onion (quartered)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 lb small okra
  • 3 1/2 Tb flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Brown corn in a hot iron skillet and cut kernels from cobs (reserve cobs)
  • Simmer water, cobs, silks, turkey skin and bones, 1/4 onion, and 1 tsp salt in a large pot (about 30-40 minutes or until reduced to 3 cups)
  • Strain broth through sieve and discard solids
  • Cut turkey meat into 1/2″ pieces
  • Coarsely chop remaining onion, cook in butter until tender
  • Aadd okra to onion and cook until tender (about 5-10 minutes)
  • Sprinkle flour over veggies and cook about 1 minute
  • Add broth and milk and bring to a boil. Cook until slightly thickened (about 2 minutes)
  • Stir in corn and turkey and heat through
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