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Fried Green Tomatoes

Just about every Southern cook has their way of preparing a recipe.  It's hard to believe there are as many recipes for fried green tomatoes as there are.  We all like to think that our recipe is the best, but it's all a matter of taste or really what tastes good to you.


I love cornbread,  but I don't like to use cornmeal as a coating*,



especially in this recipe.  I am not fond of the texture, especially after



it's fried.  So I will process the cornmeal until it's a little finer. 




I have, on occasion, omitted the cornmeal altogether and use just the



self-rising flour.  It gives a lighter coating on my fried green tomatoes



and that is more appealing to me.  


It is best to assemble the ingredients as I did in the first 3 steps of the



instructions.  If you like a sauce to dip your tomatoes in, try our ranch



dressing, remoulade sauce, or even bleu cheese.




If you prefer a little "bite", put 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper in the final



dredging mixture.





Fried Green Tomatoes 



•  1 egg


•  ½ cup buttermilk


•  ¾ cup self-rising flour** plus ¼ cup for dredging


•  1 tsp salt


•  ½ tsp black pepper


•  3 green tomatoes, cut into 1/3-inch slices


•  Vegetable oil for frying, the amount depends on the size of the pan.




1.   In a small baking pan, place the ¼ cup flour.    


2. Thoroughly mix egg and buttermilk; set aside. 


3.  Whisk together the ¾ cup flour, salt and pepper.


4.  Following the order above, dredge the slices in the flour, the egg


     mixture, and the flour, salt and pepper. 


5.  Heat ¼ to ½-inch of oil to 375°F in a large skillet.  Gently drop the


     tomato slices into the hot oil in batches and cook until golden         


     brown on each side, about 2 minutes; watch carefully so they don't


     burn.  Drain on several layers of paper towels.


•  You can use ¼ c flour and ½ cup cornmeal (ground more in the food


    processor if you choose) in the last dredging mixture. 


  * I have processed the cornmeal a little finer and it worked better.

** Self-rising flour tends to give a lighter coating.


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A colander full of green and ripe tomatoes.
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