How to Make Perfect Fried Green Tomatoes (If You Have Too Many Green Tomatoes, You MUST Make These!)
Did you ever watch that old movie by Fannie Flagg called "Fried Green Tomatoes?" It's a great show! It will make you laugh and cry and just get a little taste of Southern spirit. When I first watched that movie, I had never heard of fried green tomatoes. Mr. V. wanted to take me to get fried green tomatoes on our first date, but I thought they sounded kind of gross, so that never happened.
But this past harvest month, I ended up with loads of green tomatoes because of exceptionally early freeze. Luckily! Because I had to do something with those tomatoes, I decided I'd go ahead and make some fried green tomatoes: and YUM! I don't know why I waited so long! Here is my recipe and directions for how to make these delicious treats!
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How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes
Ingredients for Fried Green Tomatoes
3-4 large firm green tomatoes
1 1/2 cups flour (I used unsweetened pancake mix) You could probably also use cornbread mix!
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Chipotle
About 4 eggs, beaten
Bacon grease or other cooking oil--about 2 tablespoons
Directions for Fried Green Tomatoes
Slice your tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick or so.
Get your flour mixture ready by combining the spices and flour together well. You can add other spices if you like, too: red pepper flakes, dill, nettle powder, etc.
Dip your tomato slices one by one, into the beaten eggs
Dredge your dripping tomato slices one by one into the flour mixture and cover them completely.
Heat your oil and have it ready in the pan
Place your covered tomato slices in the pan, and fry on medium to medium high for about two minutes per side. They should look slightly browned and slightly crispy, not mushy. If they're not frying fast enough or if they are burning and not allowing the tomato to cook, just adjust the heat.
Cook both sides.
Remove from the frying pan to a plate. I like to place a paper towel or something absorbent under the fried green tomatoes to help lose some of the grease.
I like to eat these as a side dish for other Southern foods: scrambled eggs & grits, any Barbecued meat, hamburgers, etc. These are wonderful alone or with other foods, and are a great way to use up your green tomatoes!
Final Thoughts on Fried Green Tomatoes
I just love how those words flow together: Fried. Green. Tomatoes. How descriptive! I love the movie, but I love eating these fried green tomatoes even more! And I no longer think they're gross. I've learned to give things a try before passing judgment, and this was one of my lessons!
Have you ever made fried green tomatoes? Do you have any other advice for us? Leave a comment! We'd love to hear from you!
Hugs & Self-Reliance,
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