Spicy Ham and Okra Skillet

Spicy Ham and Okra Skillet
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What Started it all:
Ham, Okra, dried herbs (oregano, thyme, basil), skillet

Welcome to a bold and flavorful creation that brings together the smoky richness of ham with the earthy goodness of okra, all brought to life with a medley of dried herbs. This dish is perfect for a hearty meal that packs a punch and leaves you wanting more. Let's get cooking!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of ham, diced
  • 3 cups of okra, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Prep the Ingredients: Dice the ham into bite-sized pieces. Slice the okra into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. Heat the Skillet: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  3. Cook the Ham: Add the diced ham to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to brown and crisp up around the edges, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the ham from the skillet and set aside.
  4. Sauté the Aromatics: In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and cook until it becomes translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and red chili flakes, cooking for another minute until fragrant.
  5. Add Okra and Herbs: Add the sliced okra to the skillet and cook until it starts to soften and brown, about 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle in the dried oregano, thyme, and basil, stirring well to combine.
  6. Combine and Season: Return the cooked ham to the skillet, mixing everything together. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  7. Serve: Remove the skillet from heat and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro, if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!

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