I went to our local farmer's market yesterday… one of my favorite places to visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Before I knew it, my cart was filled with local peaches, apples, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, and other beautiful fruits and vegetables. Then I saw it! A huge basket heaped with the largest, plumpest green tomatoes I'd ever seen. That's when I realized that I'd never eaten green tomatoes.
How could I call myself a southerner, I wondered, without ever having tasted the very popular southern dish called Fried Green Tomatoes? I decided, then and there, to rectify the problem. I chose a couple of those luscious, green babies and put them in my cart.
I decided to try a dry/wet/dry method to coat the slices. Don't worry, it's easy. I'll explain in the directions.
Fried Green Tomatoes
2 large green tomatoes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup all purpose flour
½ tablespoon granulated onion powder
½ tablespoon granulated garlic powder
Large pinch of cayenne pepper
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Slice tomatoes into ¼ inch slices.
Sprinkle slices with salt and pepper.
In one bowl, stir together the flour, onion and garlic powders, and the cayenne pepper.
In another bowl, whisk the eggs until well scrambled.
Put the panko bread crumbs into a third bowl.
Dip the slices into the flour mixture, then into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumbs (get it… dry/wet/dry).
Fry the slices until golden brown, approximately 4 minutes on each side.
Drain on paper towels.
Fried green tomatoes taste like nothing else I've ever eaten. The coating is crunchy and spicy, and the inside is firm but moist and has a slightly sour taste. Very delicious! Have you ever eaten green tomatoes? Where you eating out, or did you cook them yourself? How were they prepared?