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Friday Feast: Fried Green Tomatoes

September 3, 2010

It is tomato season here in Tennessee, and my tomato plants are producing! (Don’t you love the smell of tomato plants in the sun? Such a potent, striking smell… but a fresh one too.) Unfortunately, I get prematurely excited when the tomatoes start growing, and I end up picking them off the vine too soon. But, this means we have this week’s Friday Feast: fried green tomatoes (FGTs).

This was actually my second attempt with FGTs… the first try resulted in batter that just fell off the ‘mater. No fun. But, I pulled out the trustworthy “Real Simple” magazine recipe, and it hit the spot. It was still not perfect — they were kind of bland — but they looked (and were cooked) great.

Fried Green Tomatoes (adapted from Real Simple Magazine)

 Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Cleanup time: 10 minutes


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

1 pound green tomatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick

1/2 cup canola oil


Kate’s additions: Tabasco, more salt, freshly ground pepper

  • Place the flour, eggs, and cornmeal in 3 separate shallow bowls. (I would add Tabasco to the eggs, and salt and pepper to the cornmeal.)
  • Dip the tomatoes first in the flour, then in the eggs (letting the excess drip off), and finally in the cornmeal, pressing gently to help it adhere.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the tomatoes until golden, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.

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  1. September 7, 2010 5:13 pm

    I love the smell of tomatoes too! I tried making fried green tomatoes this summer, I burned my hand the first time, but they turned out great and I used them as a pizza topping. The cornmeal on yours sounds delicious! Here is a link to my fried green tomato pizza;

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