Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Imagine enjoying a warm summer evening with a loved one, sharing a plate of these irresistible fried green tomatoes alongside a refreshing glass of iced tea. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?a

Well, this dream can be your reality! Fried green tomatoes are a classic Southern dish that offers a delightful combination of crisp texture, tangy flavor, and savory goodness. They’re perfect as an appetizer any time of year, but especially delightful during the summer months.

Our home cooks love this recipe for its simplicity and incredible crunch. Learn how to make, store, and even freeze these tasty treats to enjoy whenever you crave them.Gemini Generated Image 2i065h2i065h2i06

All About Green Tomatoes

Green tomatoes are simply unripe red tomatoes. They have firmer flesh and a sharper, tarter flavor compared to their ripe counterparts. Most are picked green to ensure a crisp and dry texture when cooked. Their lower water content makes them ideal for frying and sauteing.

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Mastering the Art of Fried Green Tomatoes

The key to perfectly fried tomatoes lies in the thickness of the slices. Aim for horizontal cuts that are ¼ to ½ inch thick. If you find a touch of bitterness, a sprinkle of sugar can help balance it out.

Now, let’s talk breading. You can choose a simple seasoned flour coating or go for a thicker option by dipping the tomatoes in flour, then egg wash, and finally a hearty layer of breadcrumbs, cornmeal, or cracker crumbs.

For an authentic Southern touch, try frying them in bacon grease or a combination of bacon grease and vegetable oil. Remember, the oil temperature is crucial! Aim for 375 degrees Fahrenheit to achieve that beautiful crispy, golden-brown perfection.

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The Perfect Dipping Sauce

Fried green tomatoes are even more delightful when dipped in a flavorful sauce. Elevate your dish with a zippy remoulade, a touch of sweet honey mustard, or a burst of flavor from a sweet chili sauce. Prepare your sauce in advance to allow the flavors to meld while you cook the tomatoes.

Storing and Freezing Tips

While these gems are best enjoyed piping hot and crispy fresh, you can store leftover fried green tomatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one to two days. Reheat them in a skillet with oil, the oven, or even your air fryer.

Here’s the thing about freezing – while cooked fried green tomatoes don’t fare well, you can absolutely freeze prepped and battered slices! Simply pat dry your sliced tomatoes, then dip them in egg wash and dredge in your flour-cornmeal mixture. Place them in an airtight container or freezer bag, and voila! You’ll have a stash of Southern-style goodness ready to be fried whenever the craving strikes, year-round.

Now that you have all the secrets, gather your ingredients and get ready to whip up a batch of these delicious fried green tomatoes!

Ingredients:

  • 4 large green tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

Instructions:

  1. Prep Time: Get everything ready! Wash and dry your green tomatoes. Slice them into ½-inch thick rounds and discard the ends. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. On separate plates, prepare your dredging stations: flour on one plate, and a mixture of cornmeal, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper on another.
  2. Breading Magic: Now for the fun part! Dip each tomato slice in the flour, making sure to coat it evenly. Next, take a dip in the egg mixture, letting any excess drip off. Finally, dredge the tomato slice in the cornmeal mixture, pressing gently to ensure good adhesion.
  3. Frying Finesse: Heat your vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important not to overcrowd the pan, so fry the tomatoes in batches of 4-5 at a time. Fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they reach a beautiful golden brown color.
  4. Golden and Delicious: Once cooked, transfer the fried tomatoes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Repeat the frying process with the remaining tomatoes.
  5. Serving Up Sunshine: Serve your hot and crispy fried green tomatoes immediately. They pair perfectly with a variety of dipping sauces, from creamy remoulade to sweet chili sauce. Enjoy them on their own as a delightful appetizer or alongside your favorite main dish.

Tips and Tricks:

  • For an extra flavor boost, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to your cornmeal mixture.
  • If you prefer a thicker breading, repeat the dipping process – flour, egg, cornmeal mixture – for each tomato slice.
  • Don’t let the oil temperature drop too low when frying. This can lead to greasy tomatoes.
  • Leftover fried green tomatoes can be enjoyed for up to 2 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat them in a skillet with a little oil or in your oven.

With this recipe and a little practice, you’ll be a fried green tomato pro in no time! So go forth, gather your loved ones, and enjoy a taste of summer with this delicious Southern treat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 510
  • Fat: 27g
  • Carbs: 56g
    • Fiber: 2g
    • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 13g

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