Author Adapted by Lisa Fain from a Ft. Worth Star-Telegram recipe
5 drops Tabasco sauce
2poundsfresh okra, washed, dried and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
6strips uncooked bacon, diced
Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly oil the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, Tabasco sauce, and cayenne; close and shake to combine. Add the okra pieces and shake to coat the okra in the cornmeal mixture.
Arrange okra in prepared baking dish in two layers. Top with bacon. Bake for 20 minutes; stir lightly to make sure all pieces come into contact with the bacon. Bake 5 to 10 minutes more, until the bacon is browned and the okra is crispy on the outside.