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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pardon Me, Are Those Fried Green Tomatoes?



We love fried green tomatoes, we just don’t fry food at home often for three main reasons. One, it makes the entire house smell like a grease joint. Two, it is really messy and three it is not good for our health. However, once in a blue moon we give in only to savor that comforting, unique southern taste found in what I call soul food. Believe it or not, fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese are popular hors d’oeuvres that have made their way to the menus of very exclusive restaurants. So, don’t roll your eyes to them. They are easy to make and the perfectly crispy coating delivers an incredible crunch as well as a mouth full of flavors. I have tried them with pimento cheese topping, but adding a little pico de gallo over a thin layer of pimento cheese, really takes them up another notch!




Fried Green Tomatoes  

1-1/2 lbs. green tomatoes (about 4-5 large tomatoes)
2/3 c. cornmeal
1/3 c. flour
1-1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
2/3 c. buttermilk
1 egg
2 cups vegetable oil

Slice tomatoes making 1/4" thick slices.  Place them on a baking sheet that has been previously lined with a paper towel. Cover slices with another layer of paper towels and then let rest for a few minutes to let paper absorb as much of the juices as possible.
Process 1/3 cup cornmeal in a food processor until finely-ground. Mix ground cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a small mixing bowl. In another container, beat 2/3 cup buttermilk and egg.

Dip a tomato slice in the buttermilk mixture first and then in the cornmeal mixture.  Place on a tray and continue coating the slices until they are all done.
Heat oil in large frying pan or deep-fryer. Fry slices a few at a time until golden brown. Place on a baking sheet and into a warm oven till all slices are done.  When ready to serve, top them with pimento cheese and pico de gallo and garish with fresh chopped cilantro.


Pico De Gallo 


Ingredients


  • 6 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Stir the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, garlic, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.







4 comments:

Happy Trails said...

mmmmm...fried green tomatoes!

GlamorousGirl said...

cute!

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t said...

Looks good!

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The Twisted Tine said...

Carlos!

I'm not sure if you'll remember us, but we wanted to drop a note your way as my girlfriend and I were both a fan of your blog about a year and a half ago.

I'm Daniel, used to blog about writing letters to companies and documenting the outcome. Stephanie used to comment on your stuff, too. She's a Chef, and like to experiment at home with various dishes.

The both of us are quite glad to see you're still posting on here. I've since moved to Tennessee to live with her, and make an attempt at pursuing happiness. I've been here for a lil' over a year, and all is going well.

Also... I've never eaten a fried green tomato, but I'd be curious to give it a go. :) I look forward to catching up.

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