June 13, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes

This time of year the farmer's market is one of my favorite places to visit.  The produce found at a local market is usually less expensive and certainly more fresh and flavorful than anything you will find at your neighborhood grocery store.  It is an experience in itself to go and walk the market and see what local products are available.  This past weekend  my market was filled with peaches, blueberries, strawberries, okra, peas and corn at every stand, but the tomatoes were the real show stoppers.  They were represented in every color, shape and size.  Inspired by the green variety, I decided to try out fried green tomatoes as a side dish for dinner on Sunday night.  Quick, easy, and absolutely delicious; these tomatoes will be popping up again on our menu very soon.

Fried Green Tomatoes
Serves 3-4
Courtesy of SimplyRecipes.com

3 medium, firm green tomatoes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup milk
2 beaten eggs
2/3 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt and pepper. Let tomato slices stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, place flour, milk, eggs, and bread crumbs in separate shallow dishes.

2 Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Dip tomato slices in milk, then flour, then eggs, then bread crumbs. In the skillet, fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for 4-6 minutes on each side or until brown. As you cook the rest of the tomatoes, add olive oil as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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