Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fried Green Tomatoes

I've seen several posts for fried green tomatoes lately and I vaguely thought "maybe I should try those". I didn't set out to make them, but I was at the farmers market buying an onion, and when I went to pay, I spotted a big green tomato so I got it. Most of the recipes for fried green tomatoes included a mix of cornmeal and flour and egg. I liked Kevin's idea of frying in bacon fat so I cooked up some bacon as well. The result? Eh...I just don't think these were for me. I don't think it was the recipe. I think I would rather try green tomatoes another way. The tomato itself tasted a little bit like a tomatillo to me. Maybe a green tomato salsa is in my near future.

Fried Green Tomatoes
(Adapted from Closet Cooking)

1 large green tomato, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 strips of bacon
Garlic salt

Fry the bacon until crisp. Meanwhile, whisk together the cornmeal, 1/4 cup flour, paprika, and garlic salt to taste.

Once the bacon has cooked, drain on paper towels. Season each tomato slice with salt and pepper. Dredge each tomato slice in flour, then the egg, and then the cornmeal mixture. Fry until golden. Drain on towels and sprinkle with kosher salt.

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The Blonde Duck said...

I love it! My husband is Southeren so this will tickle him to no end!

CECIL said...

Every Southerners love good fried green tomatoes!! I am not 100% Southerners, but living there for 12 years, boy I miss these delicious treats.

Erica said...

Sorry you were thrilled with the fried green tomatoes! I have never had green tomatoes. You keep bringing up foods that look awesome that I have never tried!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Hi Esi. I told you I'd stop by. You know, it's kind of funny, but I just told my husband that I wanted to try fried green tomatoes. We were watching some promo for the movie with the same name and as much as I love tomatoes, I've never tried this recipe. So, it's agreed. I'm going to make your recipe. Thank you sweetie. Great post, you must have read my mind. Cool!

Helene said...

We are just having the last of the tomatoes and I hope I catch them green on time! IF you find your favorite recipe for them, please please please, post it!!

Debbie said...

Your fried green tomatoes look so good....nice and crispy!

Dee said...

I was really excited until you said you didn't really like them. Oh well, I'll stick to the movie.

Prudy said...

Oh, it looks good, sorry it wasn't your fave.

vanillasugarblog said...

I saw those too on Kevins' blog. I want to make these. And now, after seeing your creation I must make them. Don't you think these would be great with mango chutney? Or am I way off? lol

Alicia Foodycat said...

That's interesting - I have some tomatoes that I don't think will ripen so I have been wondering about fried green tomatoes. Now I don't think I will bother!

Dave said...

Don't sweat it - I've never liked fried greenies either. At the end of the summer, I just gather up all my green tomatoes and make piccalilli relish with them.

Paula said...

Yeah! I'm so glad to see this recipe! I've lots of green tom's, but my littlest babe can't eat wheat, so I'm happy to see a recipe without flour! Yeah!