Okra is a signature Southern ingredient whether fried, pickled, or grilled. Okra Rellenos are essentially fried okra filled with cheese. The recipe yields 2 dozen, but they'll go fast!
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 Corn oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Cut Monterey Jack cheese into 3- x 1/4- x 1/4-inch sticks.
2 . 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.
3 . Combine flour and cornmeal in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
4 . Stir together egg, buttermilk, and beer; add to dry ingredients, stirring until smooth.
5 . 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.