themed thursdays

For my family, our new thing is ‘themed Thursdays’.  I’m a sucker for anything with a theme.

A few weeks ago we did Fried Green Tomatoes.  My CSA is having issues with their tomatoes so we got a bunch of green ‘maters before they pulled all their plants out.  I immediately wanted to make fried green tomatoes.  I’ve never made them before  and frankly I’ve never really fried anything before.  I don’t think I could have found a better recipe than that of Southern Living fame and moved ahead with gusto for my evening. 

The entire time I am looking up recipes, all I can see in my head is that scene from the movie of the same title – battered slices of tomato frying away in a cast iron skillet.  So I Netflix the movie.  And then comes the sweet tea and the banana pudding (exactly how my grandmother who was born in Alabama used to make it).  We have ourselves a themed evening.

   Fried Green Tomatoes Poster

Good gracious those were good tomatoes.  Tart from the green tomato, crunchy from the buttermilk batter and just a little greasy.  I think it helped that I was using my grandmother’s cast iron skillet, too.  Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 medium-size green tomatoes, cut into 1/3-inch slices
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Combine egg and buttermilk; set aside.
  • Combine 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl or pan.
  • Dredge tomato slices in remaining 1/4 cup flour; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in cornmeal mixture.
  • Pour oil to a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch in a large cast-iron skillet; heat to 375°. Drop tomatoes, in batches, into hot oil, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels or a rack. Sprinkle hot tomatoes with salt.

Southern Living
JULY 2003

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