Fried Green Tomato Recipe, A Summer Delight
Fried Green Tomato Recipe? Of course it's a Southern classic in the U.S.A..
There are similar uses anywhere in the world where tomaotes are grown. Cooked without coating and carmelized with spices, topped with cheeses and / or sauces are common abroad.
Traditional U.S.A. Style is coated and pan fried with a warm golden crust. After I discovered the Southern stlye years ago, I was intriqued with the possibilities. Fried Green tomatoes had a familiar feel to them.
After I told my Mother about the discovery she informed me that I had eaten them as a child. A time my memory couldn't dredge up. Unaware I had eaten them before, my Mother then informed me of the differences with the Italian Style. The recipes are very close. The coating is the variation.
Of the fresh tomato recipes, fried green tomatoes represent a platform for the adventurous cook.
The types of tomatoes used for these recipes can be anything from cherry tomatoes to giant beefsteaks.
Recipes usually suggest the unripe versions because they are solid and will hold up better during the frying process. The rippened green tomatoes will work as long as they aren't too wet.
When unripe green tomatoes are sliced for the recipe, as in the photo, some may actually be blush colored inside. It's hard to determine the stage of ripeness until they are cut open.
I feel the blush have a little more flavor but it's a fine line getting these before they are too wet for the recipe.
I will show my Southern version and give the italian variation along with some other recipe ideas. This recipe can be used as a main dish, side dish or a party dish.
Select green tomatoes, clean and cut off tops (stem side). Continue to slice into 1/4" thick pieces. a medium size tomato should yield about 9 slices.
Dust slices with Salt and pepper . In a small bowl, beat two eggs, add milk and cayene pepper. Mix lightly.
On an open plate mix flour and fine corn meal and spread evenly over plate. In a large frying pan (I like Cast iron for frying) add oil and pre heat on medium high.
Place a few tomato slices in the egg mixture. This is a two handed process. The wet hand takes the egg dipped tomato and places it into the dry mix. the dry hand lightly dusts tomato top, flips it over and gently presses dry mix on slice then places the coated tomato onto a third dish for the completed tomatoes. Repeat this process until all tomatoes are coated.
Take the coated tomatoes to the stove and fry a few minutes on each side until golden brown. salt and pepper to taste and serve. Serves six.
1/3 cup whole Milk 1/3 cup unbleached flour
1/3 cup fine corn meal
1/2 cup Peanut or Canola Oil
Fine Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper
ITALIAN VERSION - Only the coating, oil and the addition of Parmasean Cheese are different than above.
The coating is mainly flour, little or no corn meal and add parmasean to the egg mix instead of cayene.
The method is dredge the tomato slices in flour, dip into egg mixture and into frying pan preheated with 1/2 cup light olive oil cook until golden brown, salt and pepper to taste.
PARMASEAN - If you have someone that doesn't like eggplant parmesean italian fried green tomato recipe is a great alternative. Add some mozzarella and a little pasta sauce, bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted. Heaven.
SUGAR - add two teaspoons of sugar to the egg mixture to sweeten things up. This is a good summer snack version or to be used if you have really bitter green tomatoes.
TOPPINGS AND DIPS - Toppings like Salsa, Asian and Caribbean sauces work well. Dips work well with the Southern stlye fried green tomato recipe.
Serve with accompanying small dip bowls filled with Barbeque sauce, Honey mustard and sweet and sour sauce. Great for parties.
If you have a batch of small tomatoes get some flour dusted dinner rolls and make fried green tomato Sliders. Great for Football Season!
I hope you enjoy this Fried Green Tomato Recipe.