Brussels Sprouts and Okra
¼ cup lean country ham, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups water
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1-½ to 2 pounds fresh Brussels Sprouts
8 to 10 pods of fresh small okra, stem ends removed
Use a pot that is 10 to 12 inches wide at the bottom.
Wash and pat dry the ham pieces and put them into the pot with the oil over medium to medium-low heat.
Spread out to cook evenly.
Let the ham cook until crisp, stirring as it cooks.
Add the water, salt, sugar and red pepper.
Turn the heat to medium-high and let the water come to a boil.
Put in the Brussels Sprouts and cook, stirring now and then, until all the ingredients are hot, about 10 minutes.
Place the whole okra on top of the Brussels Sprouts and cover the pot.
Cook slowly for 10 to 15 minutes.
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