Caribbean cooking features an abundance of okra dishes, a result of its African influence. You can use frozen (then thawed) okra for this vegetable side dish, but fresh okra produces a slightly better texture and flavor.
In a large skillet cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon; set aside.
Add butter to drippings in skillet. Cook onion and garlic in hot bacon drippings and butter over medium heat until onion is tender.
Stir in okra, salt, and pepper. Cook, covered, over low heat about 15 minutes or until okra is almost tender. Add tomatoes to skillet. Cook and stir about 3 minutes or until heated through. Drizzle with lime juice and sprinkle with crumbled bacon and basil. Makes 4 side-dish servings.