Fried Green Tomatoes

            A classic dish that has survived for generations. During the Great Depression, wives and mothers looked for full and complete meals using the items that they had on hand.

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Most families made sure they had a garden each year, to grow the foods that cost too much money to purchase. Tomatoes were one of these items.

            Sometimes the food storage was running very low, so one wise woman came up with using tomatoes that had not quite ripened yet from her garden. The green tomatoes were firm and sliced easily. She came up with a brading that she could dip these slices in and then fried them up.

            These can be eaten plain or have a sauce such as sour cream, honey mustard or ketchup to dip each bite in.

Frequently Asked Questions:

            Are Fried tomatoes filling?

In the days when these were first made, there was an abundance of tomatoes in a garden, the woman could fry up a large batch and it would help during mealtime to fill the hungry tummies.

            I heard that these are better when fried in bacon grease.

I have actually heard this also. I have actually done this and it is really hard to go back to using plain oil to fry them.

            Are these best when served as an appetizer or side dish?

I have actually served these as both, at different times. If you are a curious sort of cook, experiment with different additions and different types of oil or breading. You may be very surprised at what you find to enjoy!

            How do I store these?

Honestly, I am not sure that these should be stored for long periods of time. If you do, I would recommend placing it in a ziploc baggie or air tight container. They could sit in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

What do you need to make Fried Green Tomatoes

            4 large green tomatoes, sliced about ¼ inch thick

            ½ cup milk

            2 eggs

            ½ cup white or yellow cornmeal

            1 cup all purpose flour

            ½ cup bread crumbs

            ½ tsp ground black pepper

            1 tsp salt

            1 tsp paprika

            1 quart Vegetable Oil for frying

How to make Fried Green Tomatoes

FIRST STEP:

Slice each of the tomatoes in ¼ inch slices

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In a shallow dish mix the flour, cornmeal, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and paprika and stir to combine

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Pour the Vegetable Oil into a skillet and heat over medium high heat

SECOND STEP:

In another shallow dish, combine beaten eggs and the milk

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THIRD STEP:

When the oil is hot, dip a tomato slice into the egg mix and then into the breading mix

Lightly shake off excess breading

Carefully place each coated tomato slice into the hot oil.

FOURTH STEP:

Fry about 2 to 3 minutes on each side

Remove from oil and set on a paper lined plate to drain

Enjoy!

YUM!

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  •             4 large green tomatoes, sliced about ¼ inch thick
  •             ½ cup milk
  •             2 eggs
  •             ½ cup white or yellow cornmeal
  •             1 cup all purpose flour
  •             ½ cup bread crumbs
  •             ½ tsp ground black pepper
  •             1 tsp salt
  •             1 tsp paprika
  •             1 quart Vegetable Oil for frying

Instructions

FIRST STEP:

Slice each of the tomatoes in ¼ inch slices

In a shallow dish mix the flour, cornmeal, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and paprika and stir to combine

Pour the Vegetable Oil into a skillet and heat over medium high heat

SECOND STEP:

In another shallow dish, combine beaten eggs and the milk

When the oil is hot, dip a tomato slice into the egg mix and then into the breading mix

THIRD STEP:

Lightly shake off excess breading

Carefully place each coated tomato slice into the hot oil.

FOURTH STEP:

Fry about 2 to 3 minutes on each side

Remove from oil and set on a paper lined plate to drain

Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2238Total Fat: 222gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 6gUnsaturated Fat: 194gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 760mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 13g