I loved the book… and the movie…but I love them most of all when I eat them surrounded by family and friends. When green tomatoes are in season I love to pick up a few at our local farmers market…. and if I am lucky my dad brings some tomatoes from a farmer or a neighboring farm. There are so many sauces that are great with a fried green tomato . There are also many restaurants that serve them on sandwiches, topped with lump crab, and many other great combinations…. but I am a purist…. so this is a recipe for straight up fried green tomatoes.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Self Rising Flour
Fine or Extra Fine Corn Meal
First, slice the tomatoes very thinly. Soak in a bowl of skim milk (slightly covering the tomatoes). On a plate combine half flour and half cornmeal sprinkle with sea salt. After you have soaked the tomatoes dredge them in the four/cornmeal mixture. Place immediately in oil. To make sure oil is ready it should sizzle immediately. Be very careful the oil can get to hot to fast. NEVER walk away from the oil. Turn the tomatoes when the edges are getting brown. When golden brown on both sides, place on a plate covered in paper towels. Dab off excess oil then place on a plate and serve immediately. My favorite way to serve is as an appetizer so they can be served hot and not timed with the meal but in the pictures below I served them along with a meal.