Fried Green Tomatoes

This is not a movie review. You can actually make fried green tomatoes and they are friggin’ delicious! When I find the rare few green tomatoes at the store, mixed in with the red ones, I snap them up right away. This last time, I realized I was digging frantically like a squirrel looking for acorns, and looking around furtively to make sure no one was trying to steal them from me. I realized what I was doing, but that didn’t stop me from being grossly over-protective of my soon-to-be treats.

The greener they are, the better. You can see a couple of these are starting to ripen a bit, which is fine, but they just don’t stay as crispy when you fry them. When I bought these, the cashier actually thought they were apples, which I found amusing. I then had to explain to her and the bagger how to make fried green tomatoes. You will need:

in addition to the tomatoes, of course. Also one egg, and about 1/4 cup of milk. It doesn’t take much to coat these. Slice ’em up real nice, maybe 1/4 to a half inch thick.

Put enough vegetable oil in the pan to come about halfway up the tomatoes while they’re frying.

This is your basic frying set up: one bowl with an egg beaten with the milk, and a second one with some flour mixed with garlic salt and pepper. I set it up like an assembly line, so it goes cutting board, egg dip, flour dip, frying pan, plate with paper towels, from left to right.

Be careful setting them in the oil, so you don’t fling it everywhere. When they start to look golden on the edges, flip them over.

Dip #1:

Dip #2:

These are getting a little more done, and as I’m cooking, some of the breading inevitably falls off into the oil, and keeps cooking, making everything in the pan get coated with the darkly brown stuff. I have no idea how to fix this, but maybe it’s just part of the frying process?

You can see here that 6 tomatoes gave me four layers worth of tomatoes, even after my frequent “testing”.

Fried green tomatoes are one of those foods that somehow defy logic and taste so good it causes instant addiction. These things are way more than the sum of their parts. That’s the only way I can really describe it. If you stumble across a green tomato at the store, it’s very easy to make a small batch and try them for yourself. I may have to go watch that movie now, just to say I have.

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March 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Cooking.

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