Fried Green Tomatoes

by Daisy

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The paths between three of my raised beds were so overgrown with untamed tomato vines that I had to walk all around the perimeter to get into the garden.  This puts me near the chicken yard which makes one squawky Australorp, the one who’s always eyeballing me, set up an opinionated rant.

I don’t know what it is about that one chicken, but she feels entitled.  I guess I’ve trained her to be that way since I usually relent and go over there and give her something tasty from the garden, like an overripe cucumber or a bug-defiled tomato.

All of which is a long way to say that I pruned the tomato vines, opened up the paths in the garden, can now avoid the judgmental eye of That Chicken, and had several green tomatoes for a late-summer treat:  Fried Green Tomatoes.

There are many variations, including using flour instead of cornmeal.  That’s good, too.  I prefer the crunch of cornmeal.  I also use corn meal mix.  I do this because my husband, a creature of habit, does the grocery shopping and somewhere along the line he got the idea I prefer mix to plain cornmeal and I’m fine with that.  Ordinary cornmeal with a bit of salt would do just great as well.  This is a guideline, adjust amounts depending on how many you intend to feed.  Here’s how I do it:

Fried Green Tomatoes

sliced green tomatoes

corn meal mix

egg(s) and water

salt & pepper

vegetable oil of choice, canola or olive are both good

Wash and slice tomatoes about the same thickness you would for a platter of sliced tomatoes, not too thin and not too thick.

Lightly beat an egg and add about a tablespoon of water.  Blend.

On a plate, mix a quantity of the cornmeal or cornmeal mix with a bit of extra salt and enough pepper to lightly fleck the meal.  Use enough cornmeal to cover the plate to a thickness of about a half an inch.

Heat about a quarter of an inch of oil over medium heat until the corner of a tomato dipped in the oil sizzles enthusiastically but not, say, at an Elvis concert level.  If it sounds like the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, turn it down a good notch.  If the oil is smoking, that’s also too hot.

Dip the tomato slices in the egg and then in the cornmeal, turning to coat both sides.

Place in the oil and brown both sides.  If you are making several successive batches, it’s a good idea to wipe out the skillet between batches to remove the excess cornmeal in the bottom of the pan which will burn and give a scorched flavor to the second batch.  Slosh in fresh oil and let it heat to the right temperature before starting a new batch.

Drain on towels and enjoy hot.  They just aren’t the same leftover.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

JavaLady August 30, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Now that sounds like just the thing to hit the spot for the end of summer !! Yumm-O !

Corinne September 1, 2010 at 11:50 am

THANKS for making me so hungry at work! LOL!
Also, true thanks go to you for giving me a new way to think of sizzling food. From now on, when I cook I will wonder what music my food may be cheering for!
(Rabbit Rabbit!)

Lebriam September 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I love your recipes!! They are so user-friendly, especially for the newbie who has never had a fried green tomatoe. The photo made it look too good not to try. The Australorp Stare was perfect…it reminds me of the “Mom Look” You know your in trouble when its directed your way!

Linda September 2, 2010 at 10:09 am

I love fried green tomatoes! And fixed some just last night! Yummmm!


Tanya Walton September 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

I have to admit to never having tried fried green tomatoes and even now I’m not sure I want to…maybe if I have some tomatoes that don’t turn in time I will give this one a go!!

Ben October 13, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Tomato Lady, I’m green with envy that You have a beautiful chicken and I don’t. I’ve found that the creatures around us are more aware of things than we are so she may be trying to tell You something about how to avoid tomato jungle. Try making Your tomato trellis a little taller and it will do a couple of things, increase Your yield, keep them off the ground, give them breathing room and keep them out of Your way. Will have to try Your version of fried green tomatoes and also use Your good tip about keeping the oil clean. The “whistle stop cafe” in Juliette, Ga of Fried Green Tomatos fame uses tomatos that have just started to ripen and they have a little different flavor but still “finger lickin good” at least thats the way they were when I have dined there. I have visions of tomato gravy and home made biscuits
in the AM so will leave it at that. Ben

Joseph Arrington July 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I have tried doing FGT before and failed miserably, they always came out semi scorched or under cooked. Granted the last time I tried was over ten years ago, winging it, because “hey, how much harder than oysters could it be?” Apparently besides coating in egg and meal, they have absolutely zero in common. LOL

The trick for judging the temperature using a scrap of tomato works beautifully!

You have no idea how excited I am to finally have made a batch that were absolutely perfect. I simply love FGT, and now I don’t have to wait for the random nature of finding a restaurant that serves them to gorge myself. I thank you, my waist line probably will not.

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