Pecan Fried Okra

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1 cup pecans
1 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 (10-oz.) packages frozen whole okra, thawed or 1 (16-oz.) package frozen cut okra, thawed
Peanut oil

Preparation

1. Place pecans in an even layer in a shallow pan.
2. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally.
3. Process pecans, baking mix, and next 2 ingredients in a food processor until pecans are finely ground. Place pecan mixture in a large bowl. Add okra, tossing to coat. Gently press pecan mixture into okra.
4. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet; heat to 350°. Fry okra, in batches, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels.

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