Thursday, June 07, 2007

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes, like sweet tea, are a southern tradition. It is typically difficult to find green tomatoes in the grocery store, so I buy them from a farmer who sells fresh produce at a stand near my house.
First, slice the tomatoes. I like to slice them fairly thin because they end up being more crunchy after they are fried than the thickly-sliced ones.

Then let them sit for a few minutes in a mixture of buttermilk and beaten egg.

Dredge them in a cornmeal/flour mixture. I do about 3 parts meal to one part flour.

Fry in hot oil until golden brown.

Drain on paper towels.

I usually serve these as a side dish, but tonight I made bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomato sandwiches, with a few crumbles of feta cheese.

7 comments:

Amby said...

Ooh, I'm guessing I'm also not an expert on this either.

Karri said...

This is by far my favorite food on earth!

Vickie said...

Mine too, Karri. You could serve them as an appetizer at your next party with some kind of mild horseradish dip.

Ams,expertise would come alot quicker if you could actually like tomatoes. And you will have to start calling them "maters" to all your friends and coworkers and be totally serious about it and not explain why you are calling them maters. It's the Ambien talking. Just do it. Go fry up a mess of 'em. Then you'll be an expert.

Amby said...

Hmm..maybe you should step away from the frying pan.

Vickie said...

Capital R - lower case r - capital R - lower case r

Victoria said...

Whistle Stop look out! I agree with you that thinner is better.
I love the idea of fried green tomatoes as an appetizer. Chad is not a fan of horseradish. Can you recommend another dip that might do as well?
Victoria

Vickie said...

I am not a fan of horseradish either. One idea would be a sweet and sour sauce. I have a recipe posted called "Amazing Sweet and Sour Sauce" that is really easy and good. It is under sauces in my del.icio.us tags. You could also try Ranch dressing, or maybe Blue Cheese, but the sweet and sour would be my personal preference.