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Healthier Crunchier “Baked” Fried Green Tomato Recipe

Healthier Crunchier “Baked” Fried Green Tomato Recipe

My Beautiful Green Tomatoes

My Beautiful Green Tomatoes

Growing up in the South, most everyone would try their hand at growing tomatoes. My dad would always say, “Anyone can grow a tomato.”  Of course, he has the greenest thumbs of just about anyone I know. I do not think I ever ate in the summertime at my Granny’s house without the presence of fried green tomatoes accompanying my meal.

Fried green tomatoes have grown in status all over the country as of late, and rightly so. Their mild tartness and crunch lends them to a variety of dishes. Most of us in the South have always had them alongside a full plate of meat, butter beans, mashed potatoes, and any other seasonal vegetables with a piece of buttery cornbread. Recently, chefs everywhere are seeing the enormous potential of the fried green tomatoes and green tomatoes in general.

One of the nice things about frying green tomatoes is that you can salvage the imperfect tomatoes if they are large enough to get enough surface area for frying. I like to get these tomatoes at the end of the season when the vines are nearing the end of productivity and the tomatoes are likely not to ripen properly.

If you are shopping for green tomatoes to use for frying, be sure to choose firm tomatoes. The variety is not as important as the firmness of the tomato.  Any good beefsteak brings good results.  If you are gathering them from your garden, again choose fully grown firm tomatoes.

To me, my original recipe of Fried Green Tomatoes can’t be beat for any occasion, but especially Independence Day. They go great on hamburgers or as a side for hamburgers or a slab of ribs. The green tomatoes on my vines will be perfectly mature, yet will not have turned red by then in that I staggered my plantings through several weeks just for this occasion.

Although I like the original recipe, I do have a healthier lighter “Baked” Fried Green Tomato recipe that is just scrumptious! These “Baked” Fried Green Tomatoes do not get soggy even overnight! You will just love them.

Find this recipe in my latest book, Harvest.

Healthier Crunchier “Baked” Fried Green Tomato Recipe

Healthier Crunchier "Baked" Fried Green Tomato Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 large firm green tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Pam Cooking Spray or olive oil for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Slice tomatoes 1/8 inch thick.
  2. On a large plate mix flour, salt, and pepper. Place yogurt and buttermilk on a second plate, and Panko Bread Crumbs on a third plate. Coat tomatoes with the flour mixture, then the yogurt - buttermilk mixture (you may want to put the yogurt in a small bowl so that dipping them is easier), then the Panko Bread Brumbs.
  3. Place coated tomatoes on a cookie sheet and spray with Pam Cooking Spray liberally on both sides or drizzle them on both sides with olive oil. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 7 minutes on one side then flip them over and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with extra salt and serve warm.

25 responses to “Healthier Crunchier “Baked” Fried Green Tomato Recipe”

  1. […] Overall this tale is captivating and will surely leave you wanting more, especially in your stomach, and that’s where Foodie Fox comes in. As the food at the cafe plays a culturally pivotal role in the text, we decided to have our hand at making some fried green tomatoes for ourselves. The issue from the get-go, however, was that as the name so describes, these flavorful and crunchy delights are what we refer to in the Fox household as a “heart attack waiting to happen.” Thus we had to find a way to bring this bit of southern cooking into the house and leave the frying pan and bacon fat drippings out of it. The healthier, crunchier “baked” fried green tomatoes recipe we chose was from the blog Game and Garden was an excellent way to bring together some delicious ingredients and unique substitutions. In our region of the country we found it particularly difficult to find green tomatoes in general. Fortunately, we were finally able to track them down at Fresh Market, a local chain grocery store with over 100 locations across 20 states, which is known for its particularly fresh produce and ingredients. We would suggest that you try to spread as much of the yogurt and panko out as evenly as possible (it is a challenge, but tastes better that way). We would also suggest you cook them longer than the original recipe calls for (10 minutes instead of 7 on each side). Even if you think you don’t need it, we found that the Pam cooking spray was helpful for browning the tomatoes, so be sure to use it liberally (you could try olive oil instead perhaps). So in the southern tradition, pull up your rocking chair and read the book and then make some fried green tomatoes and watch the movie adaptation (like we did)… you won’t regret it! This recipe can be found at the following link: https://stacylynharris.com/cooking/vegetables/healthier-crunchier-baked-fried-green-tomato-recipe/ […]

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  3. Lindsey says:

    After searching google for a baked green tomato recipe I finally found your blog. Enticed by the “They will still be crunchy tomorrow” promise, I decided to make these. I used greek yogurt with a bit of milk and my tomatoes were cut thicker than 1/8th inch. They took longer to bake, but when they were done, they were DELICIOUS! I actually fried green tomatoes as well, just to do a comparison for my family. The baked ones won! Thanks for sharing, it’s a new favorite recipe!

  4. Dee says:

    I did as the recipe called but did not brown

  5. Melanie says:

    I just tried the tomato recipe and they were wonderful!! I used a basting brush to “paint” on the yogurt, so there was no real mess (not like the dipping in egg or buttermilk techniques). These were great!!

    • Stacy Harris says:

      Awesome! I am so glad that you liked it. I think that is a great idea. I am a messy cook, so dipping works good for me, but the basting brush idea sounds like a winner! Thanks for commenting!

  6. […] I picked the green tomatoes and, for the first time made, fried green tomatoes.  Only I found this healthier, crunchier recipe.  The only problem I had was in making the yogurt stick to the tomato, but otherwise thumbs […]

  7. […] recipe caught the attention of Glamour and HealthyLiving.MSN.com. Her Healthier Chrunchier Fried Green Tomato Recipe is the best of the South – who knew the interesting health benefits of green […]

  8. Corina says:

    These look amazing, I can’t wait for my garden to give me some tomatos this year.

    • Stacy Harris says:

      These Fried Green Tomatoes are fabulous. I could eat them everyday and according to research it might not be such a bad idea. Let me know what you think when you give them a try. I would love to hear from you.

  9. Renata says:

    What is the difference in calories per slice?

  10. […] Healthier Crunchier “Baked” Fried Green Tomato Recipe » Game … – After searching google for a baked green tomato recipe I finally found your blog. Enticed by the “They will still be crunchy tomorrow” promise, I decided to make these. […]

  11. jan says:

    These were great!

    • Stacy Harris says:

      Hurray!! I am so glad you like them Jan!!! Pass the recipe on and send people to the site. Thanks for letting me know you tried and liked them.

  12. Kathryn says:

    Just made these and they were fabulous! Cute them thick and the did need some extra time but we’re worth the wait! Topped them with a dab of guacamole.

  13. Dorothy Howard says:

    So glad to finally find this recipe, can’t wait to fix them. Thanks so much for sharing healthy things.

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