Search of the Week: Fried Green Tomatoes

by in Recipes, July 2nd, 2014

Fried Green TomatoesWhen it comes to warm-weather produce, much is made of the importance of finding just-ripe fruits and vegetables for their natural sweetness and juicy insides. But that all changes when the spotlight is shined on one particular summer classic: fried green tomatoes. This Southern staple is best when made with firm, not-yet-ripe tomatoes — which are most often green — because they’re not packed with liquid yet. Traditional tomato sauce relies on ripe red tomatoes because they burst open with juices when cooked, but it’s those same juices that would render red tomatoes limp and the crumb coating soggy if they were fried.

As you peruse your gardens this summer or shop at farm stands and the supermarket, reach for green tomatoes and put them to work in the Neelys’ can-do recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes (pictured above). Ready to eat in only 30 minutes, this simple-to-make dish features slices of green tomato dunked in garlic powder-laced flour, a batter of milk and eggs, and finally panko with a pinch of cayenne for subtle heat. Fry them until they’re golden brown and crispy on the outside and serve a creamy, tangy buttermilk sauce alongside for deliciously easy dipping.

Fried Green Tomato SandwichesWant to turn fried green tomatoes into a meal? Try Food Network Magazine’s recipe for Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches (pictured above), featuring layers of three kinds of tomatoes: the fried green variety plus ripe red and yellow beauties. A smear of herbed mayonnaise on the bread adds indulgence to round out the dish.

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  1. Elio Rupo says:

    This is a really good delicacy; especially if you are tired of doing the same kind of sandwiches, vegetable and fruit servings. These fried green tomatoes would be really good to have it as a snack or being served as a snack during meetings in offices.

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