Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fried Green Tomatoes

Ever since the movie, everyone has heard of Fried Green Tomatoes, but have you ever tried them? They're simple to make and it's the perfect way to use up end of season tomatoes. And they're so good! As with any popular recipe, there are many variations. Some are just fried, some are batter dipped and some are served with a milk gravy (Secret's in the sauce!). Seriously, though, I chose this basic recipe because, honestly, in my opinion, it doesn't need to be anything else. It's perfect as is!

3 medium, firm green tomatoes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs or cornmeal
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt and pepper. Let tomato slices stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, place flour, milk, eggs, and bread crumbs in separate shallow dishes.

Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Dip tomato slices in milk, then flour, then eggs, then bread crumbs. In the skillet, fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for 4-6 minutes on each side or until brown. As you cook the rest of the tomatoes, add olive oil as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper

I like nice big thick slices, but if you prefer a thinner slice, you can do 1/4 inch slices instead of 1/2 inch.
To get a really crispy fried tomato, after you season the tomato slices, you can put them between paper towels in order to absorb as much moisture as possible.


Unknown said...

May I suggest also try using Louisianna seasoned fish fry as your batter for your tomatoes. This is a little easier route and tastes amazing!!

Joey said...

Thanx Ashley!!