Fried Green Tomatoes

First, a note on the movie and book. Both were amazing; not something you hear often. Find the book if you can. The author is Fanny Flagg. Like many female authors before her, i don’t think she was taken as seriously as she deserved during her writing years. She was branded as a humor writer, and so some of the big issues in her book are between the lines and never addressed directly, or skirted with humor. Anyhow, worth the read!

The book gives a recipe for fried green tomatoes, but I forgot where I put it, so I did a quick look online and found an easy, well-reviewed recipe, which I only changed slightly. These are best served hot, and some like to dip them in blue cheese or ranch dressing. I’ve included Glen Bodien’s recipe for homemade blue cheese dressing, because it is SO worth sharing, even if you’d rather use it on salad.

Fried Green Tomatoes
4 large green tomatoes
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers
1 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

Slice tomatoes into 1/4 inch rounds, discard ends. Whisk egg and milk together. Sit flour in one bowl, egg and milk in another, other ingredients (except oil) in a third wide dish. Coat tomato slice in flour, dip in egg mixture, then dredge in corn flour mixture and put in hot oil. Obviously I did not read the directions well because I mixed the flour and cornmeal mixture together and did only two steps – wet then dry – but they still turned out delicious. Let fry until golden brown, then flip and fry the other side. Check with a fork to make sure you don’t let the tomatoes get too soft while cooking. Drain on paper towels.

Bodien Blue Cheese Dressing
1 1/2 cup Mayo (no off brands!)
1 cup sour cream
6-8 ounces blue cheese crumbles (to taste)
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp garlic powder
Tiny pinch of salt

’tis amazing!