Monday, August 3, 2009

Green Tomatoes

Yesterday, we had a downpour! When we came home from church, my large tomato plants had fallen over in the mud caused by the rain. Daddy and Ben found some metal posts in the shed and helped get the tomatoes upright again. While they were fixing the plants, some green tomatoes fell off the vine. My GrandRiley (he does not like to be called Grandpa etc.) loves fried green tomatoes. Momma and I decided to make some today out of the tomatoes that fell off. Here is the recipe that we are going to use:

Fried Green Tomatoes

from All Recipes

4 large green tomatoes
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour*
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 quart vegetable oil for frying

Slice tomatoes 1/2 inch thick**. Discard the ends.
Whisk eggs and milk together in a medium-size bowl. Scoop flour onto a plate. Mix cornmeal, bread crumbs and salt and pepper on another plate. Dip tomatoes into flour to coat. Then dip the tomatoes into milk and egg mixture. Dredge in breadcrumbs to completely coat.
In a large skillet, pour vegetable oil (enough so that there is 1/2 inch of oil in the pan) and heat over a medium heat. Place tomatoes into the frying pan in batches of 4 or 5, depending on the size of your skillet. Do not crowd the tomatoes, they should not touch each other. When the tomatoes are browned, flip and fry them on the other side. Drain them on paper towels.

*Momma and I looked at the comments, and some said to reduce the flour to 1/2 cup. Momma said that she might add more cornmeal.
**Another person said that the tomatoes were too thick and made them 1/8" width so that they would be crispy.

A friend of ours who has eaten them said that the fried green tomatoes were tangy. I'll update this post tomorrow with what we thought of this southern dish.
Update - 6:38 PM - We have just finished frying our green tomatoes. We all loved them - even me! (For those who do not know, I am not a major tomato fan.)
Momma and I would also like to make green tomato relish sometime. Here is a recipe for green tomato relish:

Green Tomato Relish
from Mommy's Kitchen

12 large green Tomatoes (cored)
4 green bell peppers, seeded
1 red bell pepper, seeded
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons yellow mustard seed
1 tablespoon celery seed
2 cups cider vinegar
2 cups granulated sugar
5 teaspoons salt

Chop the tomatoes and peppers very finely. You can chop them either by hand or in small batches in a food processor. Put the chopped vegetables in a large pot, add the mustard seed, celery seed, vinegar, salt and sugar. Stir well and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook while stirring often and skimming as needed. Simmer until the relish cooks down and thickens into a relish, about 2 hours. Turn into hot sterilized jars and process in a hot water bath.


  1. I have never tried green tomato relish. I have had fried green tomatoes a couple of times and they were sure good.

  2. I bet they were good! The ones I made probably could have been cut thinner--more soggy than crispy and more tomato to breading. Has your GrandRiley tasted yours yet?

    You will likely enjoy lots of green tomatoes when the frost comes--I usually pick bags and bags full when covering them no longer works. They do gradually become ripe, but require diligent sorting (and composting).

  3. P.S. I like your new profile picture!

  4. Congratulations! Your green tomatoes look great. I hope the relish will be great too.