A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 18, 2006
Texas Popcorn (fried okra; stuffed jalapeños)

"Texas popcorn” can be either fried okra or crabmeat stuffed jalapeños. Or, it can simply mean popcorn that’s made in Texas.


Ashtray Recipes
Crabmeat stuffed jalapeños (texas popcorn)
Categories: None
Yield: 1 Servings
1 lb Flaked crabmeat
1 cn (1 pound, 11 ounces) Jalapeño peppers
2 tb Each, finely chopped green pepper, onions, and dill pickle
¼ c Cracker meal
1 Beaten egg
¼ ts Salt
¼ ts Black pepper
⅛ ts Cayenne pepper
1 Clove minced garlic
¼ c Milk
2 c Cracker meal
1 c Mils
2 Eggs
¼ ts Each salt and pepper

BREADING MIXTURE Here’s a recipe by Annette Reddell Hegen from a recipe card produced by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Cut peppers in half lengthwise. Discard pulp and seeds and rinse carefully. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients, except breading mixture. Stuff pepper halves with crab mixture and press stuffing around pepper. Set peppers aside. To prepare breading mixture: Place 2 cups cracker meal in a flat pan. In a separate pan, mix 1 cup mils, 2 eggs and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Dip peppers in egg mixture, then in cracker meal. Repeat procedure. Deep fry at 365 degrees (F) until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Makes 30 hors d’oeuvre.
Posted to CHILE-HEADS DIGEST V3 #133 Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 16:34:23 -0500 From: Mike Stallcup.

Mike Anderson’s BBQ (Dallas, TX)
FRIED OKRA
Our take on a Texas favorite. We double-bread it, deep-fry it to a golden brown and toss on some Zazzoo Powder. Mike calls this stuff Texas Popcorn. Its scrumdiddleyicious!!! 

Nation’s Restaurant News
Nation’s Restaurant News, May 29, 1989 by Jack Hayes
Southern cuisine sweeps US menus
(...)
Fried okra is just as hot at a Wyatt’s cafeteria 50 miles east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino, said associate manager Bridget Haggarty, who transferred recently from Texas.

“The kids out here [in California] love it,” said Haggarty, whose name for okra is “Texas popcorn.” Meanwhile, parents are choosing many other Southern favorites: rice with gravy, greens, and fried chicken.

Google Groups: atl.general
From:  hammer
Date:  Thurs, Oct 12 1995 12:00 am

I’m a Texas Boy and have a real hankerin for some Good “TEXAS” barbecue.

There was a restaurant in Dallas that had Wonderful Barbecure, Potato Salad and Texas Popcorn (Fried Okra)

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Wednesday, October 18, 2006 • Permalink