This is a food, like asparagus, that people either love or hate. Most yanks have never eaten fried green tomatoes, and all I have to say is, if I can try Pennsylvania scrapple (not bad in small qualities) you just might want to try fried green tomatoes.
It is the end of the season for gardening in the Midwest, yet a few tomatoes struggle to survive the oncoming winter. As a lover of FGT I grab these little hangers-on, fry them and enjoy as a delicacy. I won’t see them again until sometime in July next year. Occasionally they can be found in specialty stores if you don’t have a garden.
Traditionally in the south, FGT are made with lard or some sort of cooking oil. Of course, like fries from McDonald’s, they are tasty, but not in the realm of health food. My wife, a connoisseur of organic and health foods, has her own way of making them. At the request of one of my best good Twitter buddies, here then is her recipe.
Obviously, you need green tomatoes. Note, they don’t have to be absolutely green. If they are just beginning to turn, they will fry just fine. Slice them no more than 1/4 in thick.
Dip the slices in plain cornmeal
Beat an egg unmercifully
Dip the previous slice in the egg
Dip again in cornmeal
A cast iron skillet is a must for FGT. Fry them in high heat sunflower oil. We use a product from a local market that sells such stuff. It is Spectrum, expeller pressed, organic, high heat sunflower oil.
Usually we would use a high quality olive oil for cooking, but at high heat it breaks down – according to my wife not a good thing to happen.
Turn them until brown on both sides.
It doesn’t get much more simple than this.
When you take them out of the skillet, place them on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Wrap them in foil to keep them warm at the table.
We eat these with fish, beans or as a sort of appetizer. I commit the blasphemous act of dunking them in ketchup – my grandmother must turn in her grave at such an irreverent act.
And now, I look forward to next years supply of green tomatoes, fresh from my own garden.