Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 slices Bacon; chopped
1 medium Onion; chopped
1 medium Green pepper; chopped
1 cup Thinly sliced okra*
1 Garlic clove; minced
1 cup Cooked ham (about 3 oz.) julienned
3 cups Cooked rice
1 medium Tomato; seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon Dried thyme
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Dried basil
⅛ teaspoon Red pepper flakes

Cook bacon over medium heat in large skillet until brown; drain fat.

Stir in onion, pepper, okra and garlic; saute 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add ham, continue cooking 3 minutes. Add rice, tomato, thyme, salt, basil and pepper flakes. Heat thoroughly; seve as a side dish or a main dish.

*Thawed, frozen okra or fresh celery may be substituted for fresh okra, if desired.

Each serving provides: * 353 calories * 12½ g. protein * 5⅕ g. fat * 62⅗ g. carbohydrate * 1.9 g. dietary fiber * 17 mg. cholesterol * 711 mg. sodium

Source: The Many Nationalities of Rice Reprinted with permission from USA Rice Council Electronic format courtesy of Karen Mintzias Submitted By KAREN MINTZIAS On 02-07-95

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