06 October 2010

fried green tomato BLTs

I've given up on our tomatoes. The summer here in the Pacific Northwest has been pitiful. I mean, it's been perfect weather for me, because I love it mild. But it's been horrible for my tomatoes. We had a good supply of cherry and pear tomatoes at the beginning of summer, but the beefsteaks never really ripened. Then it started raining, and slugs got the whole lot. I haven't even gone out to check for ripe ones in a week. I've given up.

If you like fried green tomatoes, however, come on over! I have bushels of firm green ones, ready to coat with cornmeal and fry.

I decided to make BLTs for dinner last week, but instead of ripe, red tomatoes, I fried up some green ones. It was really good! If you love fried green tomatoes, you'll love this idea. 

For the tomatoes,
  • Slice them into 1/4" slabs
  • Place on a cooling rack or clean dishtowel, sprinkle with coarse salt and set aside for 20-30 minutes (this helps to draw out excess juices)
  • This is a great time to start your bacon (see below)
  • Pat tomato slices dry
  • Place cornmeal and flour (equal parts of each) and salt & pepper (to taste) on a plate or shallow bowl
  • Heat up a nice, thick layer of oil (I used canola) in a large skillet (somewhere between medium and medium-high heat)
  • Dredge the tomato slices in the cornmeal and place gently into the oil
  • Fry for a few minutes each side, until the breading is golden brown
  • Drain on paper towels and serve
Printable version of tomato process

For the bacon, I use Ina Garten's oven method. Prepare yours as desired.

Arrange bacon and fried tomatoes on toasted bread with lettuce, and mayo, if you like. Enjoy!


Anne Thompson said...

Mmmm that looks yummy! Hi I'm Anne, I found your blog off of the Smith's : ) Oh and I loooove your entry way wign board, super cool!

homemademummy said...

I've given up on my tomatoes too and have made chutney. Still got some left though (they're never ending!) so will give this a try. Thanks for the recipe. Cathy

Anonymous said...

Look at your cooking a southern food! ;) looks good. Wish we could sit down and chat over some of those sandwhich's!

Marisa said...

Thanks everyone!

homemademummy--did you make the chutney from green tomatoes?


PeZzY! said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who's given up on her tomatoes this year! At least we made the slugs happy.

Marisa said...

That's a good way to look at it, Heidi! :)

J I L L A I R E said...

Maybe it's too late (slugs), but green tomatoes will often ripen on the counter. My mom used to wrap them in newspaper and put them in the basement and then we'd have tomatoes long into the fall.

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