Fried Green Tomatoes

One of my favorite southern dishes is fried green tomatoes.  If we go somewhere with fried green tomatoes on the menu I have to order them.  Our tomato plant finally grew a few tomatoes last month (we would have tomato plants that didn't grow anything for 5 months) but the tomatoes would rot by the time they turned red.  Determined to not let any more rot, we picked the green ones off the vine and set them on our countertop.  I thought eventually they would ripen, but I've been staring at two green tomatoes for almost two weeks now.  Afraid these green ones would rot too, I decided to fry them up for a yummy appetizer before dinner last night.  And friends, they were delicious!

2 green tomatoes
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Whisk egg and milk in a medium bowl

Place flour on a plate

On a separate plate or bowl, mix cornmeal, bread crumbs, parmesan, salt, and pepper

Slice tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick

Take a tomato slice and cover each side with flour

Dip the flour covered tomato into the egg mixture.  Be sure to cover the tomato all over to help the cornmeal mixture to stick.

Dredge the slice into the cornmeal mixture, coating both sides completely

Repeat with remaining slices

Heat oil in pan - I prefer to use my cast iron skillet for frying.  Once oil is hot, place tomatoes into pan and fry for about 3 minutes or until brown, flip, and fry the other side.

Enjoy alone or with a dash or two of hot sauce.

The parmesan mixed with the bread crumbs and cornmeal make these tomatoes delicious and just as good as what I've had at different restaurants!

(Side note, no judging for my horrible pictures! I just don't have the skills to make food look beautiful on a plate!)


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