I never thought that I’d say this, but I think I’m having veggie withdrawal. I know, crazy, right? I’m not talking about just any veggies though – I’m talking about my CSA veggies! My weekly share ended last month, and I sure do miss the perfectly ripened, flavorful produce that I picked up. I didn’t think I’d be able to tell the difference, but let’s just say grocery store tomatoes have been forever ruined for me.
I thought I’d share one of the vegetables that showed up pretty late in the season – green tomatoes. I had never cooked with green tomatoes before, but as soon as I saw them in my weekly share I knew I had to try frying them. They named a whole movie after fried green tomatoes, so they’ve got to be at least pretty good, right?
Looking to my How to Cook Everything book as well as the good old internet for guidance, I quickly whipped up some toasty fried tomato slices. Interested to see how I did it? Read on!
You will need:
- Firm green tomatoes
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp milk or half-and-half
- Equal parts cornmeal, breadcrumbs, and flour (I used a 1/2 cup each)
- Salt (I used 1 tsp)
- Pepper, to taste
- Oil for frying (I used olive)
1. Core the tomatoes and slice crosswise.
2. Combine the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
3. Beat the eggs, and mix in the half-and-half. Line up the flour, egg mix, and cornmeal mix.
4. Dredge each tomato slice in flour, dip in egg, then dredge in cornmeal mix.
5. Heat up ~2 tbsp olive oil (you can add more as needed) and fry the tomato slices, flipping so that each side is golden. Drain fried slices on paper towels.
There you go – easy peasy! They are pretty flavorful (tangy and crunchy, yum!) on their own, or you could add a dipping sauce, such as ranch dressing. I whipped up a simple sauce of fat-free Greek yogurt, mayo and garlic and that was delicious too! If you ever see green tomatoes in your local market, give it a try!
I can’t believe I’m up to #19 of my Veggie Resolution – only one more to go! Now what vegetable should I choose for my last veggie post?? Hmmmm…..
Have you had green tomatoes before?