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6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
16 young okra, stemmed, sliced
4 tablespoons butter
8 ounces cornmeal
1 cup cooked corn

Bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove. Add the salt and the okra. Add 2 tablespoons butter and stir until dissolved. Stir in the cornmeal and continue stirring mixture over low heat for about 10 minutes. Stir in the corn.

Grease a serving dish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Pour mixture into dish. Can garnish with fresh tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, and parsley.

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