July 13, 2008

Fried Green Tomatoes

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Green Tomatoes

When I first saw the movie with the same title many years ago, I thought it was an anomaly to eat tomatoes that are not bright red, let alone fry them dipped in corn meal batter. I didn't think this southern delicacy would taste good. I have never made nor eaten them before and I have yet to see them in restaurants around here.

Yesterday at the farmer's market I spotted some very green tomatoes in one of the produce tents and bought three pieces to try out this side dish. I have chicken wings marinating in the fridge, the idea and recipe for Chicken Wings Africana I got from [eatingclub] vancouver and thought of preparing lunch with a mix of different flavors from several regions of the world. The combination is not bad at all, in fact it's great and I love them together. The tomatoes are slightly tart but sweetish and I love the crunch of the corn meal. I think fried green tomatoes will pair very well with just about any type of cuisine, they are tomatoes after all. Red or green, the tomato is still one of my most favorite vegetables/fruits.

Fried Green Tomatoes
slightly tart but sweetish fried green tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

3 large green tomatoes
1½ C flour
½ C corn meal
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
olive oil for frying
  • Mix flour, corn meal, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add enough milk to make a thick batter. Cut tomatoes into ¼ inch thick slices. Heat 2 T oil in a nonstick skillet. Dip tomato slices, one at a time, in the batter and fry in oil until golden brown. Drain excess oil on paper towels. Serve immediately.
Chicken Wings Afrikana
super yummy Chicken Wings Africana


Mary Coleman said...

It's a true talent to be able to fry those babies and have them turn out as perfectly as those look!
great job.

Ms. _______ 2 be ! said...

Fried green tomatoes...
I like to make that.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Your Chicken Wings Africana look good! I guess it really is a good recipe, hehe. ;)

Yeah -- Fried Green Tomatoes!

I've also seen the movie a lot of time times and have always wanted to try them. But, I never see green tomatoes here! I believe even the farmer's markets only have ripe tomatoes (all the times I've been).

Anonymous said...

Wow, I was looking for recipes for puto, and found your blog. Seeing all your Filipino dishes is really exciting! In high school I had a few Filipino friends, and at parties one mom always put me in the kitchen to fry lumpia. But they never taught me how to make any of the other foods. I've looked for cookbooks but none I've found ever seemed right. So thank you so much for keeping up with a blog like this!

Oberon said...


Lori Lynn said...

Oh do those fried tomatoes look great! Not just great, perfect presentation too!

oggi said...

Mary Coleman, thanks.:)

Ms__2Be!, it's very easy to make.:)

TS, we all love the combination of 5-spice, rosemary, and paprika, really delicious.:)
Green tomatoes don't show up more often and they have to be cooked the same day because they ripen so quickly.

anonymous, thanks and visit often..I post Filipino food and other cuisines.:)

Oberon, :D

Lori Lynn, thanks!:)

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