Anyone have green tomatoes from their garden? We just pulled a ton out of ours since it was time to pull out the plants. So what do you do with green tomatoes? Fried Green Tomatoes of course! Actually, this is the first time I have ever made them, the only thing I knew about fried green tomatoes was the movie!
My neighbor called me and asked if I needed some green tomatoes to be able to make them, and that he had a great recipe for them. I was so excited, because I couldn’t believe I had never thought to make them before. I figured my kids would like them because they are fried and they could dip them in some kind of sauce. And I was right! They ate them up, and they were delicious! It was the perfect side dish to our meal.
I changed up the recipe just a bit, because I have my staple ingredients that I like to use. You probably already have all the ingredients you need too! They were super easy to put together. In fact, after my neighbor called me and gave me the recipe I had them on the table about 15 minutes later.
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- 3 medium, firm green tomatoes
- 1 cup flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour, but I am sure regular whole wheat would be ok too!)
- 1 tbsp cajun seasoning (optional, but so good!)
- 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use Panko)
- 1/4 cup safflower oil (I use this oil because it has a high smoke point)
- Cut tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt. Let tomatoes stand for 5 minutes.
- Combine flour and cajun seasoning (if using) in a shallow bowl.
- Whisk buttermilk and egg in another bowl.
- Combine breadcrumbs and cornmeal in another separate bowl.
- Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat.
- Dip tomato slices in the flour seasoning, then in the buttermilk-egg mixture, and tehn in the cornmeal-breadcrumb mix.
- Fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown.
- Set the cooked tomatoes on paper towels to drain. They are hot for a while!
- I like them plain, but you good dip in hot sauce or ketchup.