Read // Eat: Fried Green Tomatoes

Friends! It’s time for another round of Literary Nibbles – food inspired by our favorite books. 

 

Were you guys a little bit obsessed with Fried Green Tomatoes, circa 1991?  I loved those accents, Idgie’s rolled up jeans, Mary-Louise Parker’s perfect hair.  Of course, Idgie and Ruth’s love affair was completely lost on me at the age of 12; I just thought they were devout BFFs!
I’ve always wanted to make fried green tomatoes, but they seem like such a southern food. I imagined they wouldn’t quite taste the same, cooked in a tefflon-coated pan from Target, in my apartment in St. Paul, Minnesota.  So I obviously had to make them with my friend Brooke while I was in Roanoke, Virginia.Here’s how we made ’em! (recipe inspired by this one)

Ingredients:

4 large green tomatoes
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup milk (yes, another one)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 quart vegetable oil for frying (mix in some bacon fat if you’re feeling kicky)

Directions
1. Slice tomatoes 1/2 inch thick. Discard the ends.

2. Mix together 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup soy sauce.  Dump over tomato slices and let them marinate and soak up the awesome for 10 minutes.3. Whisk eggs and milk together in a medium-size bowl.
Scoop flour onto a plate. Mix cornmeal, bread crumbs and salt and pepper
on another plate. Dip tomatoes into flour to coat. Then dip the
tomatoes into milk and egg mixture. Dredge in breadcrumbs to completely
coat.

4.  In a large skillet, pour vegetable oil (enough so
that there is 1/2 inch of oil in the pan) and heat over a medium heat.
Place tomatoes into the frying pan in batches of four or five, depending on
the size of your skillet. Don’t crowd the tomatoes, they shouldn’t be touching.

5. When the tomatoes are browned, flip and fry them on
the other side. Drain them on paper towels.Despite how deliciously crispy they look – they won’t be.  So if you bite into one  and it’s mushy, fear not.  You have not failed as a cook.

How do you serve them?

Mix some Adobo seasoning with some full-fat mayo.  Smear the mayo on a flaky southern-style biscuit.  Top with two fried tomatoes.  Prepare to die of joy and a triple coronary.


I need more Literary Nibble recommendations!  What should we cook next?

13 Comments

Krystle

Some pimento cheese and green tomato jam always make fried green tomatos better!

They also taste great as part of a BLT with goat cheese! YUM!

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laco

down here in the dirty south we eat them drizzled in a homemade slightly spicy remoulade and goat cheese crumbles. yes ma'am.

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cinnamon

I'd love these from The Secret Garden:
"I'll tell thee what, lad," Mrs. Sowerby said when she could speak. "I've thought of a way to help 'em. When tha' goes to 'em in th' mornin's tha' shall take a pail o' good new milk an' I'll bake 'em a crusty cottage loaf or some buns wi' currants in 'em, same as you children like. Nothin's so good as fresh milk an' bread.

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hungryandfrozen

Fascinating, that whole milk-and-soy sauce stage (at first I read it as soy milk, *that* made me say "really?") Sounds amazingly delicious with all the salty crunchiness. And if there's one thing I love it's pop culture snacks.

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Briel79

I had THE BEST fried green tomato salad when I was in Savannah at The Olde Pink House. It was the best thing I ate on my two week road trip from Orlando to NY! 🙂

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Chelsea

When I was maybe 10, me and my cousin decided to make fried worms (partially after the book!) Yep, gross. Real, fried worms. Doused in every herb we could pull from our grandmother's cabinet, a nice onion from the garden (we accidentally found it while looking for the worms) and fried them up in her brand new frying pan!

It might be something big to tackle but how about Agatha Christie's Delicious Death Cake?
Brandy, cherries, chocolate – yum!

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