Southern Fried Green Tomato's

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Home Inspector with Trace Home Inspections

A true southern summer delight that even Yankees end up loving!

1 large green tomato.  Sliced thin (1/4" slice is best)

1 cup Corn meal (not cornbread mix)

1 cup Buttermilk

Salt and Pepper.

Vegetable oil. You need enough to cover the bottom of a pan about 1/2".  We also use EVO instead of veggie oil. I think that it really gives them a better taste.

Slice the tomato into 1/4 slices.  Salt both sides of the slices.  Lay them on several paper towels with several paper towels on top.  Then place a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan on top of the paper towels.  Let them sit for about an hour or longer at room temp. This will soak up all of the excess moisture in the tomato's.  This is the most important step in the process! 

Heat the oil in a black iron skillet at med-high heat.  If it smokes you have it too hot!  If you are using EVO you must watch the heat, it will burn quicker than vegetable oil.

Mix about 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste in the cornmeal. 

Dip each slice into the buttermilk and then into the cornmeal.  Set the slice aside on a cookie sheet.  Once you have done this to all of the tomato slices, you will re-dip and coat the slices again.  Immediately drop the slices into the hot oil and cook until golden brown.  It will only about take 2 minutes per side.  You must be careful because they will burn if you are not careful!

Hint:  Do not use a tomato if it has started to turn red.  They do not cook well and they are mushy when you eat them.  Green very firm tomato's work best. They can have a tinge of yellow and still work OK.

1 large tomato will make about 8+ slices or enough for two.

Link for sauce  http://activerain.com/blogsview/147937/Comeback-Dressing-Sauce

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Judi Morgan
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Scott, ooooohhhh, I love fried green tomatoes -- we'd pick a few green tomatoes and fry them during the summer and of course, pick the green ones that were left on the tomato vine at the end of the summer and fry 'em. 

I'm going to find your recipie for the "comeback" sauce, now.

August 06, 2007 08:09 PM
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Dale Baker
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Howdy Scott

Ya right about true Southern folk liken fried green tomatoes. My mama would fix them up at less 2 times a week for us.  Your recipe looks fine.

Have a good one

August 08, 2007 06:08 PM
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Candy Henthorne
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We had them in Missouri as well.  I guess we had southern dishes.  There is nothing better than fried green tomato.  I put in a dash of cayenne in my cornmeal mix.  I do use 1/2 flour and 1/2 cornmeal.  I am going to try yours though and am looking forward to your recipe for the sauce. 
August 17, 2007 10:02 AM
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Kathleen Lordbock
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I eat these at our State Fair and now I can make my own.  Almost all my tomatoes are still green and it is Sept - not a good thing in MN.
September 01, 2007 10:49 AM
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Debbie Malone
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Thanks for posting this recipe....I am a yankee living in the mid-atlantic and wanted to try my hand at making these.
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