Monday, August 27, 2012

Fried Green Tomatoes

More tomatoes!!!  This time, they are green.  One of my favorite movies is Fried Green Tomatoes, but can you believe that I have never eaten a fried tomato.  Seriously.

The CSA basket came with gobs of green and red tomatoes, so I decided to try my hand at green tomatoes.  I didn't have all the ingredients at home, but since the recipe I used was already adapted from a Paula Deen recipe by her sons, I figured I could adapt it a bit too.

I thought they were tasty, but of course, I had nothing to compare it to.  Oh, and see the last picture in the post- now I know why you should only fry green tomatoes and not red ones :)

Fried Green Tomatoes

1/2 cup low-fat whipping cream (original recipe called for buttermilk)
1 egg white
10 drops hot sauce (about 1/2 tsp)
1 cup cornmeal
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbs vegetable oil
3 large green tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 1 1/2 pounds)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick spray.  Combine whipping cream, egg white, and hot sauce in a medium bowl. Mix cornmeal and salt in another bowl, like a pasta bowl. Dip the tomato slices into the liquid mixture, then into the cornmeal, gently turning to coat.

Heat 1 1/2 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the tomato slices in a single layer and cook until browned on one side, about 4 minutes.

Transfer the slices, browned-side up, to the cookie sheet.

Lightly spray the tomatoes with nonstick spray. Bake until the tomatoes are golden brown on both sides, about 8 minutes. Serve hot.

Whoops- here's a picture with the red tomatoes.


  1. I tried fried green tomatoes for the first time just this year (at a BBQ restaurant here in Boston) and I loved how tart and crispy it was, dipped in creamy ranch dressing. Yum!

  2. I've seen the fried green tomatoes on several blogs and I've been curious but I haven't had the chance. And like you, I'm always curious why not red. I think you FINALLY answered to my question! :) Either it was you or me... hehee. I'll just stick with the green ones and give it a try soon!

  3. I feel so "southern" when I make fried green tomatoes. Yours look so good!