Everyone remembers the classic movie Fried Green Tomatoes, right?! It was one of my favorites growing up. It is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship between two women, Ruth and Idgie. The movie really taught me about friendship, trust and good southern cooking. Although cooking wasn’t the main draw to the movie, it was present and it was authentic, it really made you want to be there at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Fried green tomatoes are a side dish usually found in the south, made from unripe tomatoes and cornmeal. They are great as an appetizer, side or along side some nice smokey ribs. This easy recipe should definitely be enjoyed with a friend with a warm heart.
Fried Green Tomatoes
- Canola Oil
- 4 green tomatoes, cut into 1/4″ rings
- Kosher salt & black pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoon milk
- 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs or cornmeal
- Dash cayenne pepper
- Dash paprika
- Horseradish Sauce below
In a deep-fryer, preheat oil to 350 degrees F.
Season tomatoes, on both sides, with salt and pepper. Place flour and garlic powder in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, beat eggs with the milk. In another dish, mix bread crumbs with cayenne and paprika. Dredge tomatoes through the flour, then the eggs, and then through the bread crumbs. Add only a few pieces to the fryer at a time, so they can cook evenly, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve with Horseradish Sauce.
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup horseradish
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon
There are many ways to eat fried green tomatoes, don’t feel limited to just frying them up and stopping there. You can make it into a delicious BLT sandwhich, assemble skewers and bake them (cube the tomatoes and add fresh basil leaves), make a salad with a bed of arugula, spinach or other greens and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Also there are many easy sauces to punch up the mild flavor the fried tomatoes carry. Look in your fridge and get creative!
Everyone enjoy this week of Fall…it is going to be beautiful!