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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fried Green Tomatoes & A Giveaway Winner.

I thought I got all the tomatoes that I was going to get at the end of summer. What a nice surprise to go outside and see green tomatoes popping out in the garden again. I used the last of my green tomatoes to make Green Tomato Relish over the summer. I would of never imagined more popping up again early in the Fall. What a nice surprise!!

I immediately thought of making Fried Green Tomatoes! I absolutely adore fried green tomatoes for two reasons. One it's a special treat that I don't get often, because you need green tomatoes. And two I am the only one in my house that loves them, so I get them all to MYSELF................... 

Every time I ask someone about fried green tomatoes they usually say eww or they have never heard of them. Oh goodness how could you not like fried green tomatoes. I guess it must be an acquired taste and more popular down here in the South. I remember them as a little girl my mom leaned how to make them when she lived in Alabama.

Look at that pretty green tomato just staring back at me. I cant wait to get you fried up. I have to say there are a lot of fried green tomato recipes out there. Some good and some not so good. Some people use just flour and some use just cornmeal and others use both. I have found the perfect recipe that uses both flour, cornmeal and a little extra ingredient. 

They turn out so crispy that I wont use any other recipe now that I have found this one. The recipe I am talking about comes from the Neelys new cookbook "A Southern Family Cookbook". This recipe is so awesome and the tomatoes turn out so crispy from adding Panko Bread Crumbs!!!! Luv them they make foods so extra crispy and good. Everyone has a Fried Green Tomato recipe that they treasure and this recipe happens to be mine. 

So if you are in a mood for a great tasting crispy fried green tomato you must try this recipe. I guarantee you will love it thank you Pat and Gina for another great recipe. I am also announcing the winner of the Yo Plus Get Healthy Gift Pack Giveaway at the end of this post.
Now onto the recipe. Here is that awesome cookbook from the Neelys. It is a wonderful addition to my cookbook collection and I have right on the top shelf with my other Paula Deen Favorites.

These are the ingredients you will need:6 firm green tomatoes, corn meal, flour, buttermilk, panko bread crumbs, hot sauce, salt and pepper.


salt and pepper your green tomatoes and set aside.


Place the flour on a plate. Whisk together the buttermilk and the hot sauce in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Mix together the corn meal and the panko bread crumbs in another bowl. Working with one slice of tomato at time coat the tomato first in flour (knocking off the excess) then in buttermilk and finally the cornmeal and panko bread crumb mixture. Transfer the breaded slices to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining slices of green tomatoes. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees line a second baking sheet with paper towels. (I lined my baking sheet with a cooking rack so the grease could drip down)


Using a slotted spoon transfer the cooked tomatoes to the prepared baking sheet in the oven and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Keep the cooked tomatoes in the warm oven as you fry them up. Serve the tomatoes with ranch dressing or your favorite dipping sauce


ummmm fried green tomatoes oh how I love thee!! I served mine with ranch dressing my favorite. Or serve with a dipping sauce of your choice.



Crispy and Golden Brown.



Fried Green Tomatoes
6 - firm green tomatoes
kosher Salt
pepper
3/4 - cup all purpose flour
3/4 - cup well shaken buttermilk
dash of hot sauce
3/4 - cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
vegetable oil for frying

Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper and set aside. Place the flour on a plate. Whisk together the buttermilk and the hot sauce in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Mix together the corn meal and the panko bread crumbs in another bowl. 

Working with one slice of tomato at time coat the tomato first in flour (knocking off the excess) then in buttermilk and finally the cornmeal and panko bread crumb mixture. Transfer the breaded slices to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining slices of green tomatoes. 

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees line a second baking sheet with paper towels. (I lined my baking sheet with a cooking rack so the grease could drip down) Heat 3/4 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet to 350 degrees. 

Working in batches, fry the tomato slices until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Using a slotted spoon transfer the cooked tomatoes to the prepared baking sheet in the oven and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Keep the cooked tomatoes in the warm oven as you fry them up. Serve the tomatoes with ranch dressing or your favorite dipping sauce.





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22 comments:

Elizabeth said... #

Yummmm, those look wonderful!!

Elizabeth said... #

Oh and how have they not at least HEARD of them? We've all seen the movie, right? :)

~JarieLyn~ said... #

I have never had fried green tomatoes before but I've always wanted to try them. I love southern cooking. Fried Okra is my favorite. Thanks for posting the recipe. It sounds so delicious.

Libby said... #

Yummm! I have only tried Fried Green Tomatoes once and it was at a wedding reception. But they were soooooo good! I loved them! I love the Neely's too :) They are my kind of people :)

Heidi said... #

I love fried green tomatoes. My garden stopped producing early this year because of our unusually wet weather, so I didn't get any. I went out one day and my plants were all dead :( Hopefully next year is better!

Scrappy Girl said... #

I don't like tomatoes and I really wish I shared your passion for cooking...I am the microwave queen...LOL!

Happy SITS Sharefest!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Libby you need to try this recipe from the Neelys it is out of this world good. I love a crispy fried green tomato not a soggy one.

Heidi, I thought my plants were done for the year. most looked burnt up from the Texas heat. I guess all that rain saved a few of them. I am so glad because i got to have me some fried green tomatoes.

Scrappy Girl thats ok everyone has their thing. I'm the opposite i can mess up a lot in the Microwave. Thanks for stopping by from Sits.

Jess said... #

Oh my goodness, those look amazing! I've never had fried green tomatoes, but I've got tons of recipes for them bookmarked. I don't think I need those any longer because you can't go wrong with the Neely's!

Dumb Dawn said... #

Love love love Fried Green tomatoes! And yours look very yummy.

nmsusie said... #

What is panko? Is it a brand name or the kind of bread crumb? I thought sure I could read through the comments and find out. But I guess I'm the only one out here who has never heard of it.

Lindsay Rudolph said... #

These look really good. I have never tried making them, but have always wanted to. I might have to finally give them a try!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

nmsusi, panko bread crumbs are chinese bread crumbs. They are so good and make breaded foods so crispy.

Miranda said... #

I love fried green tomatoes. I put them on egg sandwiches.

I fell upon your site from the foodie blogroll. I am so glad I did.
I am a stay at home mommy of 2 who loves to be with her family and cooking. I can relate to many of your posts.

Anyway, love your site and recipes.
By the way, I am offering a flavored Olive Oil giveaway on my site. Stop on by....

Lara said... #

Wow! I didn't even know that people really ate fried green tomatoes. They look delicious though!

Marjorie said... #

Oooo one of my families favorites. It was easy to make them at least 3 or 4 times a summer when I had a garden but now with all the kids grown and gone I have to ask the local vendor to bring me some. I have been using panko but have never tried buttermilk. Next summer I will try them along with the hot sauce. Thanks for the recipe. Check my web site out www.myrosiecheeks.net Its called small town living. Love you site.

yummy411 said... #

I LUURRRVVVEEE THE NEELY'S!ahhh i'm addicted to your blog even though i'm scared to touch the stove with a 30 foot pole!

Rachel said... #

I am a Southern girl, grew up in south Ga., but now I live on an island in Japan. I used to love fried green tomatoes, but you don't get those here. However we do have yellow squash. I used this recipe (minus the hot sauce for my kids) to fry up the squash and it was delish! I noticed someone mentioned the movie, and where the movie was filmed at they have the actual cafe open for business ( I assume it still is but I haven't been there in probably 10 years.) and yes their green tomatoes are awesome also!

Prims and Annies said... #

Hi..I love fried green tomatoes and I am from South GA...it is a southern thing. The Panko bread crumbs are the best. I am definitely going to try this recipe.
Smiles,
Maxie

segseven said... #

I use flour and lemon pepper seasoning, after dipping in buttermilk. Fry in olive oil, remove when lightly browned place on a drip rack in the oven. I then make gravy out of the pan drippings by adding a heaping tbs or so flour to make a roux, then add milk. Arrange fried tomatoes on a platter and pour the gravy over them to serve. A real treat with the tartness of the green tomatoes. Round out the meal with rice and pinto beans. Yummy!

Linda said... #

I'm from Australia and fried green tomatoes are not done here but I always wanted to try them. This season wash bit cold and the tomatoes didn't ripen. Made relish and these...... I luuuuuuuv them didn't think I would. Will be making them whenever I can. Yum

Anonymous said... #

Hot crispy fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese are awesome!

Anonymous said... #

Oh I am like you, I love fried green tomatoes and can't get enough of them. Yours make my mouth water!