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How to Make Southern Style Fried Green Tomatoes

By Edited Aug 25, 2015 0 0

Who wants to try fried green tomatoes? I do! I do! Fried green tomatoes is a classic southern dish, made famous in part by the movie by the same name, although anyone from the south already knew about them, of course. Completely delicious. Here are two versions of fried green tomatoes that you have to try! The first is your classic, simple southern recipe with very little prep time, the second is that same recipe with a greasy, half-your-daily-calories-in-one-sitting twist. Try them both and let everyone know which one is your favorite!

Classic Fried Green Tomatoes

You will need:
4 green tomatoes
salt and pepper
1/2-1 cup cornmeal
oil, your choice

Cut tomatoes (except the ends) into 1/4-inch slices. Lightly salt and pepper both sides, and coat each slice in cornmeal. Pour oil about 1/8 to 1/4-inch deep in a large frying skillet. Heat on medium heat until the oil sizzles* when you flick water in it. Add the tomatoes to the oil, and fry each side until the outside turns a golden-brown color. Drain on a paper towel-covered plate. Serve as a side dish or snack for any meal of the day!

Next, let's try this recipe with a little extra pizzaz...

Tasty Fried Green Tomatoes

You will need:
4 green tomatoes
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
1 cup flour (use rice flour for gluten-free fried green tomatoes!)
1/2 cup cornmeal
salt and pepper to taste
oil, your choice

Cut tomatoes into roughly 1/4-inch slices. Don't use the ends. Use a whisk to beat the eggs and milk together in a small bowl. In a shallow dish or ziploc bag, combine flour, cornmeal, salt, and pepper and mix well. Dip the tomato slices into the egg mixture, or let them sit for a little while in the bowl. Let the excess liquid drip off, then place the tomatoes in the shallow dish or ziploc bag. Turn in the dish or shake in the bag to fully coat the tomatoes.

Pour oil into a large frying skillet to about 1/8 to 1/4-inch deep. Heat on medium heat until flicks of water sizzle* when they hit the surface. Add tomatoes in a single layer and fry until they turn a golden-brown. Remove from skillet, drain on a paper towel, and enjoy!

Don't these sound amazing?! My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Do your friends and family a favor and test out this classic southern dish!

*Tips for frying in hot oil: 1) Wear an apron or an old shirt because oil tends to splat onto the cook and is nearly impossible to get out of fabric. It also hurts like crazy! 2) Use long tongs to turn your tomatoes while frying. You don't want to get hot oil on your skin.
** These recipes are compiled and condensed from several different fried green tomato recipes. I very rarely follow just one recipe to the letter because they all have so much to offer!

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