In the South, “fried green tomatoes” is not just the name of a movie. These tart, crunchy treats are a southern staple that appears on our table quite frequently.
Homegrown Green Tomatoes? Fry Them Up!
Homegrown green tomatoes make this southern delicacy even better. If you’re thinking about growing your own tomatoes, here is some advice to help you start growing them from seeds. You can even use the saved seeds from your favorite heirloom tomatoes.
Usually we pick tomatoes in the summer only, but this year the weather in Alabama was so mild that we decided to plant more tomatoes in the fall for a “winter” harvest. We were able to pick an abundance of green tomatoes along with one real beauty, a perfectly red delicious tomato.
If you grow your own tomatoes, the good thing about frying them up green is that the tomatoes don’t have to be perfect. The slices just need to be large enough to get enough surface area for frying. Thus this recipe is a great way to use up that end-of-season yield when the tomatoes aren’t likely to fully ripen.
Perfect As a Side – Or an Ingredient
This dish is fabulous as a side to any meal. However, I also love using fried green tomatoes as an ingredient in many dishes as well as a stand-alone appetizer with an awesome chipotle sauce (which you can find in my latest cookbook).
Tonight I think that I will make a fabulous BST — Bacon, Shrimp, and Fried Green Tomato Sandwich — as opposed to a BLT! I will keep you posted on the results, but I have no doubt that it is going to be no less than outstanding. How can these ingredients put together go wrong?
Want “Healthier” Fried Green Tomatoes?
Are you watching the fat content in your diet? In that case, fried anything may be off the menu. But you can still enjoy this treat! Click here for my light Healthier Crunchier “Baked” Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe.
Fried Green Tomatoes
- 4 large firm green tomatoes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt more for sprinkling
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 cup Olive Oil for frying
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- Slice the tomatoes 1/4 inch thick.
- On a large plate, mix flour, salt, and pepper. On a second plate beat eggs and water together. Place bread crumbs on a third plate. Coat tomato slices into seasoned flour, then egg mixture, then bread crumbs.
- In a hot sauté pan, mix butter and oil. When sizzling, place coated slices in pan for about 2 to 3 minutes per side or until tomatoes are tender. Cook in batches and add more oil if needed. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with extra salt and serve warm.
- For a healthier version of this recipe, check out my Healthier Crunchier "Baked" Fried Green Tomato recipe.