Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Fried Green Tomatoes
Corn meal above cracker crumbs
“I miss the smell of coffee, and bacon fryin’. Oh and what I wouldn’t give for a plate of fried green tomatoes like we used to have at the cafe.” Remember that line by Ninny from “Fried Green Tomatoes?”
I love fried green tomatoes ~ I’m referring to the great vegetable now, not the movie; although, the movie is one of my absolute favorites. Right now is the time of year to be frying up some green tomatoes as they’re the perfect size and they’re firm enough that they remain firm after frying.
Bacon drippings or lard is the traditional way to fry green tomatoes but, there are a lot of variations with whether to dip them in milk or eggs and to bread them with cornmeal, flour or cracker crumbs. I’ve always made some with corn meal and some with flour. This time though, I made half with corn meal and the other half with cracker crumb breading. I could not believe how delicious they were with the cracker crumbs! It’s a bit of nostalgia for me because it reminds me of Grandma’s fried green tomatoes dipped in egg and then breaded and fried to perfection in lard.
“Towanda!!!” “I’m older and I have more insurance!” What an incredible scream from Evelyn when she was cut off in the parking lot and crashed into the snippy girls’ car in “Fried Green Tomatoes!”
Here’s the recipe:
Fried Green Tomatoes
5 green tomatoes, sliced ½” thick
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon McCormick’s Seasoned Pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup saltine crackers, crushed
2 eggs, beaten
Cooking oil or bacon drippings
In a small bowl, stir together flour, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
Crush the crackers into another bowl.
In a third bowl, beat the eggs.
Melt oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Dip each tomato slice in the egg to coat.
Then into the flour mixture.
Dip the floured tomato slice back into the egg mixture.
Now finish by dipping it into the cracker crumbs.
Place the breaded tomato into the hot skillet.
Fry until golden on each side, about 4-5 minutes for each side.
These fried green tomatoes will make you scream ~ TOWANDA!
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