Recipe Courtesy of Jennifer Hasozbeck-Garcia
Fried Green Tomatoes
The end of yet another summer is fast approaching. I know, I know. Its kind of depressing. But, hold on! I think I know what will make you feel a little better. Some real comfort food, of course! Try sinking your teeth into these crispy delicious fried green tomatoes. This southern classic is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer's bounty. If you love fried green tomatoes this recipe will have you loving them even more. If you've never tried them before, then I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Fried Green Tomatoes are also highly versatile and can be served with breakfast, lunch or dinner.
2 green tomatoes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup panko
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 egg, beaten
Splash of Milk (non-dairy is fine)
Your favorite Hot Sauce
2 cups Peanut oil, for frying
1 – Wash tomatoes and slice 1/4-inch thick.
2 - On a baking sheet or large dish lightly salt tomatoes on both sides and place in a colander side by side to draw excess moisture out. Be sure to place the colander on something to catch the water. Let the tomatoes sit for 30 minutes.
3 – Place flour on a dish and then in a shallow bowl combine panko, cornmeal, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Cajun seasoning.
4 – In the bowl with the beaten egg add a splash of milk and add a few dashes (or more for extra heat) of your favorite hot sauce.
5 - Dip each tomato slice into the flour, shake off excess. Then dip in egg, then coat in the panko/cornmeal mixture.
6 – Heat peanut oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Oil should be about 1/2 inch deep in the pan. To test if the oil is hot enough, stick the end of a wooden spoon in the oil and if it begins to bubble you're ready to go! Fry each tomato slice on each side until golden brown. Be sure not to crowd the pan. Drain on a paper towel or wire rack over a baking sheet. Using the wire rack method will keep them extra crispy!
- Try having them along side your morning eggs or served over mixed greens with your favorite creamy dressing.
- Instead of using egg and milk, try replacing completely with 1/2 cup buttermilk.
- For a Gluten Free recipe, omit the panko and all purpose flour and try using Glutino Gluten Free Breadcrumb with a gluten free flour such as white or brown rice flour