Fried Green Tomatoes: Not Just a Movie
In 1991, a movie called Fried Green Tomatoes starring Kathy Bates,
Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jessica Tandy was a big
hit. It quickly became wildly popular among all age groups, and with
women and men alike. The movie was set in 1920s Alabama, and featured a
little diner called The Whistle Stop Café. The staples there were
barbeque and fried green tomatoes.
People have probably been eating fried green tomatoes for years.
However, this movie seemed to bring new attention to this tasty side
dish. Now, if you take the time to really look around, you will find
recipes all over the place on how to cook green tomatoes. They have been
dipped in egg and bread crumbs first, or dredged through flour before
being fried. Whatever method you select to prepare your fried tomatoes,
the end result promises to be quite tasty.
Following is a very easy recipe to use when turning your green
tomatoes into a dish fit for a king:
Fried Green Tomatoes
3 Medium size Green Tomatoes, Firm
½ Cup of All Purpose Flour
¼ Cup of Milk
2 Eggs, Beaten
2/3 Cup of Cornmeal or Fine Dry Bread Crumbs
¼ Cup of Olive Oil
½ Teaspoon of Salt
¼ Teaspoon of Pepper
Begin by cutting unpeeled
tomatoes into ½ inch slices. Sprinkle the slices with salt and pepper.
The tomato slices need to stand for 15 minutes. While tomatoes are
standing, put the flour, eggs, milk, and cornmeal or bread crumbs into
separate small dishes.
In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil
on medium heat. In the following order, dip the slices first in the
milk, then in the flour, next in the eggs, and last of all, in the
cornmeal or bread crumbs. Place half of the coated slices in the skillet
and fry them about 4 to 6 minutes on each side, or until they are golden
brown. Remove those slices from the skillet and add the rest of them to
cook. You may add more olive oil as you need it. Season the fried green
tomatoes with salt and pepper to taste.
These are delicious to serve as a side dish or even as an appetizer.
The following recipe does not exactly contain fried green tomatoes,
but it does call for green tomatoes as the main ingredient and can be
served as a main course, side dish, or even as a dessert.
6 to 8 Medium Size Green Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoons of Lemon Peel, grated
½ Teaspoon of Salt
¼ Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
¾ Cups of Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon of Butter
1 9 inch 2 crust Pie Pastry
Start by washing the
green tomatoes thoroughly. Next, peel them and slice. Put the tomatoes,
lemon juice, lemon peel, salt, and cinnamon in a saucepan. Using low
heat, cook this mixture, frequently stirring. Now, combine the sugar and
cornstarch and stir into the tomato mixture. Cook this mixture, stirring
continuously, until it appears clear. Add the tablespoon of butter and
remove from the heat. Let it cool slightly.
While the mixture is cooling, prepare the pie crust pastry. Pour
tomato mixture into the bottom pastry. Cover with the top pastry. Seal
the edges, crimp them, and cut several tiny slits into the top pastry so
that steam can escape.
Bake at 435 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. This
can be served warm or cooled.
These are just samples of what you can
do with green tomatoes. Once you find out just how delicious these are,
you may want to start seeking out even more ways to cook them. Your
family may be quite impressed with your new culinary dishes.