I can taste them now: Tart, tangy, crispy, hot out-of-the skillet. Talking about fried green tomatoes, a southern delicacy of sorts. A dish borne from necessity as a way to use up the green tomatoes still on the vine in late summer before the frost came and ruined them. That late-summer flavor became a much anticipated early-summer flavor and now it’s a toss-up deciding if the first fruits of summer should be allowed to ripen on the vine or plucked while they’re still green and fried. Whenever you decide to fry up some the green discs, try this fried green tomato recipe and serving suggestions.
Fried Green Tomato Recipe
* 3 medium-size green tomatoes, sliced into 1/3 inch rounds
* 1 large egg, beaten
* ½ cup of buttermilk
* ½ cup of self-rising cornmeal
* ½ cup of all-purpose flour
* Salt and pepper to taste
* Vegetable oil
Whisk together egg and buttermilk. Combine cornmeal, ¼ cup of flour, salt and pepper in a shallow pan or dish. Place remaining ¼ cup of flour in a separate shallow container.
Pour enough vegetable oil into a skillet (preferably a cast iron skillet) to reach a depth of ½ inch deep. Heat over medium heat until the oil reach 375 degrees. Have the oil ready before dredging the tomato slices.
Dredge tomato slices in flour, dip in egg and buttermilk mixture, allow excess liquid to drip off then dredge in cornmeal/flour mixture. Drop into hot oil and cook 2 minutes on each side until golden brown, remove from oil and drain on paper towel. Fry tomato slices in small batches for best results.
Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Biscuit
Take a hot, homemade buttermilk biscuit and split it across the middle. Place a fried green tomato on the bottom layer, then top with crispy bacon. Add a touch of sweetness to the breakfast sandwich by spreading the top biscuit layer with homemade peach or pear preserves.
Fried Green Tomato Po’Boy
Follow the breakfast sandwich delight with this lunch special – Split your favorite 6-inch sub-style loaf of bread and add your favorite bread-spread, like mayo or salad dressing. Layer fried green tomatoes, shredded lettuce and bacon to create a fried green tomato po-boy sandwich.
Make a stack of 3 fried green tomatoes while they’re hot and fresh out of the skillet and top them a slice of your favorite cheese or place a slice a mozzarella in-between each slice and the heat from the tomatoes will melt the cheese to perfection.
A variety of other toppings can be used on top of a 3-stack of fried green tomatoes, like shrimp and remoulade or hot sauce.
Raw Green Tomatoes
Green tomatoes can also be diced and used in garden salads or your favorite salsa recipe.