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Fried Okra & Chard Pesto Pizza

Rai Mincey
Soul food gets the pizza treatment in this delicious, vegan fried okra pizza recipe
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Seasonal, Southern
Servings 6


  • food processor



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water

Pesto + Toppings

  • 2 cups chard
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup white onion sliced
  • 1/3 cup red cabbage chopped

Fried Okra

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup okra trimmed and halved
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3/4 cup white cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


Fried Okra

  • Add oil to skillet. Preheat skillet to medium high heat. Combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Dip okra pieces in egg, then cornmeal mixture, coating evenly.You may have to do this in two rounds to avoid overcrowding skillet. Cook until all sides are golden brown. Set aside to cool.


  • Add garlic to processor and pulse to finely chop. Add chard, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Pulse to chop, gradually adding olive oil until oil is fully incorporated. Scrapes sides of food processor and repeat.


  • Combine flours, yeast, salt, sugar, and garlic powder in a large bowl- making sure that ingredients are thoroughly combined. Add olive oil and water, then use a wooden spoon to stir. Mix until a sticky dough forms and pulls away from sides of bowl.
  • Place dough into a well-oiled bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise for 30 minutes, or until doubled. Punch down, then use your hand or rolling pin to stretch and form a 10-12 inch circle. Press out toward the edges to form crust.
  • Brush pizza dough generously with olive oil, then layer pesto. Top with onions, cabbage, and fried okra. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook at 450 for 15-18 minutes. Let cool.
Keyword healthy meals, nut free, peach pizza, vegan