Lacy grew up in the South, and well, Fried Green Tomatoes are a big deal. I had never even heard of them until she made them one day. I’m such a guy some days, I had no idea you could even eat green tomatoes!! I had never seen them in the super markets either and I was a little confused when she cooked them one day last week. First let’s talk about green tomatoes. They are essentially unripened tomatoes and most grocery stores do not sell them. You may be able to find green tomatoes at Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s, but we usually get them from Farmers Markets! We also grow tomatoes every year in our garden and that’s another great way to get green tomatoes!
Now, not all green tomatoes are alike. If you are working your garden, the small shiny orbs that first begin to appear on the vines are not really edible. The best-tasting green tomatoes are the ones that have reached their full size, BUT have really yet to turn red. Lacy says that if they have a hint of red, they are perfect. They’ll be firm, have a nice acid bit and a nice tomato flavor. Once picked from your garden, they can be stored for a few weeks.
These are best eaten WARM!! We add a little cheese on top for garnish and YUMMO!! If you like fried green tomatoes this recipe is something you’ll love!!
- 1 lb of Green tomatoes
- 1 egg for egg wash
- 1 tbs of milk or water for egg wash
- 1 cup of Cornmeal
- Salt and pepper to taste
- About an inch of oil for the pan
- Pre heat oil in pan until the end of a wooden spoon would sizzle.
- Thinly slice tomatoes, either with knife or on lowest setting on a mandolin.
- Lightly Salt and pepper the tomatoes on both sides, then run the tomatoes through the egg wash and then through the cornmeal.
- I also season the cornmeal lightly with salt, pepper, and if I'm in a spicy mood something with a kick.
- When the oil is hot, place the tomatoes into the pan
- After about 5 - 7 minutes, turn over tomato slices and let the other side fry.
- Some people like to fry the cold side for a few minutes extra (i do personally for extra crisp)
- Sprinkle with salt and/or tabasco (to taste)
- Place them on a paper towl and let cool
- Best served warm.