This is the time of year when gardens are producing the last of their precious gifts. Those ruby red tomatoes that we have all enjoyed all year are still green on the vine. There will not be enough warm sunny days left before the winter winds blow, to turn them into those juicy red tomatoes that everyone loves so much.
Looking at those smooth green balls, you may be wondering, "How can I use these and not throw them away?"
Here is how: Fried Green TomatoesFirst Way
Two large green tomatoes should serve a family of four.
Prepare your draining plate with several paper towels to place the fried green tomatoes on to drain the oils.
Prepare a mixture of two eggs plus ¼-cup of milk.
Place a cup of flour in a separate bowl.
Wash and slice the green tomatoes from the top down in ¼-inch slices, discarding the top slice with the stem. Of course, if you prefer, you can make the slices thicker. It will not change the cooking time.
Heat a skillet to medium heat with a small amount of your favorite vegetable oil.
Dip the tomatoes in the egg mixture, then into the flour on each side and place them in the skillet. They will cook quickly, so treat this like an assembly line. The tomatoes go in the skillet, they brown on one side, turn them over, they brown on the other side, they are out of the skillet onto the paper towels to drain. Place more green tomatoes into the skillet and continue.
If the oil in the skillet starts to smoke, turn the temperature down, the oil is too hot and will burn the tomatoes before cooking them.
If the skillet becomes dry, add more oil but sparingly.Second Way
The recipe is the same except substitute cornmeal for the flour. This is my favorite because I like the crunch that cornmeal gives the fried green tomatoes.Third Way
The recipe is the same again, and you can use either flour or cornmeal. This time add Cajun spice to the tomatoes as they are cooking in the pan. Sprinkle Cajun spice on both sides of the green tomatoes as they cook. Realize that the more spice you add the stronger the flavor will be, so you may want to use a small amount the first time. You can try the Cajun fried green tomatoes recipe a second time and adjust the spice according to you taste the second time. I used this Cajun spice for fried green tomatoes that I made for work when we were having a social. They were a big hit.