Advocate-tested recipe

Roasted Okra Poppers

Serves 6 as an appetizer, 12 as a passed hors d’oeuvre. Recipe is from Jyl Benson.

6 slices thick-cut smoked bacon, cut in half

12 large, tender pods of fresh okra

1 (12-oz.) container store-bought pimento cheese

1. Render the bacon in a sauté pan until half cooked; drain on paper towels.

2. Split each okra pod lengthwise leaving stem end intact. Stuff each okra pod with pimento cheese, wrap in bacon, and secure with a toothpick.

3. Place the stuffed okra pods on a baking rack set over a sheet pan. Roast in a 450 F oven until the cheese is bubbly and browning and the bacon is crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve.