Okra Rellenos

4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese with peppers
1 pound fresh okra (4-inch-long pods)
1 cup self-rising flour
1/3 cup self-rising cornmeal
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup dark beer
Corn oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cut Monterey Jack cheese into 3- x 1/4- x 1/4-inch sticks.

Cut a lengthwise slit in each okra pod, cutting to but not through ends; push seeds aside. Stuff pods with cheese sticks, and set aside.

Combine flour and cornmeal in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.

Stir together egg, buttermilk, and beer; add to dry ingredients, stirring until smooth.

Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Dip stuffed okra in batter, coating well; fry, a few at a time, in hot oil until golden.

Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt; serve immediately with salsa.


Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles, Pre-Seasoned, 5-Quart

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