Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
From "I'm Just Here For the Food" by Alton Brown. This is one of those trapping-heavy recipes; you'll need three dishes for the dredging ingredients, a rack for draining, and a good set of tongs for flipping the tomatoes in the hot oil. To me, the only way to cook fried green tomatoes is in a cast-iron skillet -- but I'm Southern. ;) The oil temperature is what's written in the recipe - I use a small piece of bread dipped in the egg mixture as a guide; if it sizzles enthusiastically, the oil's ready to go. Prep and cook times are approximate.
- 3 medium green tomatoes
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups fine Ritz cracker crumbs
- cayenne pepper, to taste (Mr. Brown recommends a "pinch".)
- salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick rounds, spread them out on a layer of paper towels, and top with another layer of paper towels to drain. Allow the tomatoes to rest/drain for about fifteen minutes.
- Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and cayenne.
- In a separate container, beat the eggs until slightly fluffy.
- Place the cracker crumbs in another container.
- Heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil to 350 degrees Farenheit.
- Season the tomato slices with salt and pepper, dredge in the flour mixture, dip in the egg, then press into the cracker crumbs to coat.
- With tongs, working in small batches, gently place them in the oil and cook until crisp and brown on one side, then turn and brown the other side.
- Transfer to a rack as they are done.