Buttermilk Fried Green Tomatoes
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- Ready In:
- In a bowl, mix together the eggs and buttermilk.
- Whisk in the 1 TBS flour, 1/2 the salt and 1/2 the pepper.
- Soak the tomatoes in this liquid for about half an hour.
- Whisk together the remaining flour, salt and pepper.
- Heat about 1 inch of oil to 350*F in a heavy skillet.
- (I use my cast iron one).
- Dredge the tomato slices, one at a time in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess.
- Fry the slices in hot oil.
- Do NOT crowd.
- (slices should not overlap as they cook).
- Fry each side until it begins to turn brown.
- Turn in the oil and fry until golden brown and crisp.
- Drain on paper towel.
- Salt to taste.
- Serve with tomato chutney.
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I have never ever made Fried Green Tomatoes before -- until a "wild" tomato plant grew from a seed at our front door recently, just before winter struck. Unfortunately it flourished into winter, which is just too cold for tomatoes! So I harvested some of the large green tomatoes it bore, on a very cold rainy day ... Then I read through the recipes here, and this recipe sounded just right! And so it was!! Thank you, Stinkerbell, it is a great recipe! (A great reminder of a film I've watched twice -- "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf?"!!) The flour covering did not slip off, and the slices fried to a lovely golden brown!
This was our first time making green tomatoes at home. We have ordered them out a few times, but they have met with mixed reactions as a couple of people in the house don't like cornmeal. Needless to say, it was a real treat to find this recipe without it. The buttermilk/egg soak combined with the flour fried up to a very nice crisp crust, and the tanginess of the buttermilk went very well with the flavor the tomatoes. Thanks Stinkerbell for a real treat!
This technique of soaking the tomatoes in the buttermilk mixture yielded a moist inside & crispy outside treat. The breading was just right, not to too thin and not to thick. I liked the plainess of only seasoning with salt and pepper, no other spices were needed. I served them with ranch dressing as a dip and my DH raved about them. An excellent recipe for this time of year. I think I'll try the buttermilk mixture and this technique on the zucchinni my neighbor gave me from her garden!!
Perfection. I don't have good luck with fried green tomatoes if the recipe calls for cornmeal, the coating always falls off during frying. But this was a success and delicious! Hubby liked his with some Tabasco sauce and I with only a sprinkle of salt and pepper. I could eat a whole plate of these and be very happy. Interesting use of the buttermilk for soaking. Too bad green tomatoes aren't available year round.
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