Friday, August 3, 2018

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

I love me some FRIED GREEN TOMATOES.  That includes:

 the movie  

AND…

the delicious southern dish.


 Last weekend the hubby and I went to a nearby Farmer’s Market to get a box of Elberta peaches (delicious) and also picked up a few tomatoes



I hadn’t fried up any green tomatoes for awhile but my mouth was watering for some of these yummy fruits (yes, tomatoes are scientifically considered a fruit).  There are MANY recipes online and in southern cookbooks but they are all basically the same:  mix up some flour and cornmeal in one bowl, an egg and milk in another.  Then you double dip!  First in the dry mixture, then in the milk/egg, then back into dry mixture once again.  (Maybe that’s triple dipping!)

BUT!!!  Here is the KEY to lip-smacking, crisp yet juicy 
FRIED  GREEN  TOMATOES……



Slice the tomatoes (not too thick, not too thin/about1/3"); then lay them out on a cookie sheet, foil, waxed paper or something similar.  SALT each slice (don’t get too heavy-handed but be generous).  THEN…sprinkle on just a little bit of…SUGAR :) Since green tomatoes tend to be very acidic, the sugar helps to cut the bitterness.  NOW…let the tomatoes sit for 15-20 minutes.  This allows them to sweat which allows the salt/sugar to really get into the tomatoes and also helps the flour/cornmeal mix to adhere to them.


You need an iron skillet or other somewhat heavy pan and oil.  I use Canola.  Don’t let the oil get TOO HOT because the outside of the tomatoes will cook too quickly and tend to over-brown.  It doesn’t take long so watch them carefully.  When you notice the bottoms beginning to brown, flip over and finish cooking.  Be sure to DRAIN the tomatoes on paper towels, but I then quickly move them to a wire rack (so that they won’t get soggy).  ADD A LITTLE MORE SALTFried Green Tomatoes are not their best if you don’t have enough salt!!!


My husband and I absolutely love FRESH TOMATO SANDWICHES (with or without bacon…but bacon sure does kick them up a notch), but for a side dish (or I could eat them alone) frying up a batch of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES is a great addition to the supper table.

AND...if you want to really complete a southern home-cooked meal top it off with a PEACH COBBLER (recipe below) made from the peaches that you and your husband slaved over to peel & bag up for the freezer.  ELBERTAS are the best.  (Thanks, Honey, for doing all that peeling!)


EASY  PEACH  COBBLER

Slice 2-3 heaping cupfuls of fresh peaches; add sugar to taste if they aren't sweet enough.
Melt 1/2 stick butter or margarine in a small casserole dish.
In a small bowl mix a batter of 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, & 1/2 cup flour...I warm up my milk in the microwave about 30 seconds to help it mix up better.  Pour the batter into the butter but DO NOT MIX.  Now add the peaches...DO NOT MIX.  (I do make sure the peaches are spread out though.)  Bake @350 30-45 min. until browned.   

GEORGIA  PEACHES  ARE  THE  BEST!

11 comments:

  1. Oh Cheri!!! My mouth is watering. I love fried green tomatoes...I have not had them in years. I might have to fry some up here!

    My mother made a marvelous peach cobbler. I think it was her favorite dessert. She liked it warm with fresh whipped cream.

    Love this blog post today- xo Diana

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    1. Thank you! So glad you came by to "chat":)

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  2. Seriously? DID you have to make me drool while drinking my coffee:) I LOVE fried green tomatoes! I bought some chips at the store this week "fried green tomato" flavored. I haven't tried them yet but I am hoping for a good tasty treat later today:) Have a blessed day dear friend and thanks for sharing the recipes! HUGS!

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  3. Oh gosh!!!! I MUST look for those chips!!!! Then I could have the taste of fried green tomatoes anytime I wanted!!!!

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  4. Hi Cheri, so nice to meet you, I know we are going to be great friends, I have only read two posts, enjoyed them so much.
    I love fried green tomatoes, and your recipe sounds perfect, I never thought about dipping twice. I will try this week. Your peach cobbler sounds wonderful too!
    Now I am off to read more.
    Thanks for visiting and your sweet comment.
    Sue

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Sue, for coming by for a chat. I hope you will drop by often now that you know I'm here:) I do think dipping twice gives a better coating on those green tomatoes. They sure were scrumptious!

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  5. You hit it out of the park with this post! I love fried green tomatoes and so does my family. I enjoy making them and learned a few new tricks here today..Thanks! I'm heading to the orchard tomorrow for some fresh peaches and yep, I'm making a cobbler..you're the best! Have a good week!

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  6. Well, I don't eat tomatoes in any shape, form or fashion but you sure do make them look delicious. And, peach cobbler, well, never cared for that either (can you believe) but that looks delicious too. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Oh my, Lea! Girl, you are missing some good eating!!!! You need to come down South and let us teach you what good food tastes like:) LOL!

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  7. I'll be right over!!

    Love fried green tomatoes, love peach cobbler, and love anything by Fannie Flagg!!

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    1. Stacey, I'm with you on all 3!!!! Thanks for coming by.

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