Introduction: Fried Green Tomatoes Sunshiine Style

Our tomato garden this year was a miserable disappointment due to the extremely hot weather. My plants had plenty of blossoms but produced only a handful of tomatoes all summer long. The weather cooled off and all the sudden our tomato plants were flourishing with tiny green fruit. A couple of days ago I picked the last of our crop luckily because we had our first hard freeze last night. I decided to make fried green tomatoes and share them on Instructables! Fried green tomatoes are a delightful dish served from early summer to late fall in the south. I have never met anyone who did not like them. They have a great flavor but very different than that of a regular ripe tomato. I wish I could have them all year round.

Step 1: Ingredients

This is what you will need:
  • 1 cup stone-ground cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Pinch cayenne (I used paprika because I did not have cayenne)
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (I used a substitute because I did not have Butter milk) listed below
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large unripe tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices, ends removed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (I omitted butter did not see where it was needed)
  • Hot pepper sauce, for serving (I used creme cheese, parsley, and bacon)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • I added chopped parsley to 1/2 of the flour

To make a buttermilk substitute measure 1 1/2 cups whole milk and 1 1/2 Tablespoons of white vinegar and mix. Wait 5 minutes and then use when needed.

Here is where I found a recipe that I wanted to try:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/fried-green-tomatoes-recipe/index.html .

Step 2: Utinsils

What you need:
  • Bowls, spoons, frying pan, cookie sheet, liquid measuring cups, dry measuring cups, measuring spoons, spatula or thongs, platter, and paper towels.

Step 3: Preparations

Preparing the ingredients:
  • Fry, crumble the bacon and put it into a small dish.
  • Wash the tomatoes and parsley.
  • Slice the tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices cutting off the ends.
  • Chop the parsley.
  • Set aside.

Step 4: Measure

Measuring and combining the ingredients:
  • In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, and cayenne together.
  • Pour the buttermilk into a separate bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Step 5: Assembly Line

Create an assembly line for dipping the tomatoes:
  • Place paper towels on cookie sheet to absorb the excess oil.
  • Line up the bowls of tomatoes, buttermilk, and flour mixture.
  • I added parsley to 1/2 of the flour mixture for a different flavor.
  • Dip the tomatoes in the butter milk mixture.
  • Dip them into the flour mixture.
  • Place them on the cookie sheet.

Step 6: Fry

Prepare the frying pan and oil:
  • Place a large cast iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat and coat with the oil. When the oil is hot, pan-fry the tomatoes (in batches if necessary) until golden brown and crispy on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  • Carefully remove the tomatoes and drain on paper towels.

Step 7: Garnish

Top with garnish:
  • Serve with hot pepper sauce and lemon, or:
  • Top with parsley, bacon and creme cheese.

Step 8: Experiment and Research

I did a little research on frying green tomatoes for the chemical reaction contest. I was raised in the south and southerners eat a lot of fried foods. When I got married and moved away, I learned how to cook without frying so much. My research showed me that the decision to limit frying foods was beneficial to my families health. I was surprised to learn that in 2002 a University in Sweden discovered that cooking foods at a high heat such as frying, roasting or baking forms acrylamide, as the result of a reaction known as the Maillard reaction, which is a chemical reaction between an amino acid (the building block of protein) and a sugar such as glucose, fructose or lactose. The Maillard reaction can cause certain health risks. I found this information here:http:// http:// http://www.eufic.org/article/en/diet-related-diseases/cancer/artid/What-happens-when-we-cook-food-understanding-acrylamide-formation/ .

Another thing I learned is: studies have shown that cooked, or canned tomatoes contain lycopene, a substance that has been proven in studies to be effective in preventing certain types of cancers.


Step 9: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

I don't feel guilty by eating fried green tomatoes. I believe if we eat unhealthy foods in moderation it won't kill us.
Here is an interesting link with more recipes and information about tomatoes: https://www.instructables.com/id/EPQ4E4DGUI104WB/ .

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful brisk fall!
Sunshiine

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lemonie made it!(author)2011-11-06


Food is what I wanted to be looking at today, thanks.

L

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-11-06

You are welcome! A must try if I may say so. But My favorites were the muffins AND the roasted garlic! Yum! Thanks for sharing and have a shunshiny fall day!
sunshiine

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lemonie made it!(author)2011-11-06


It is sunny, thank you (look)

L

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-11-06

Oh my! It is beautiful! What a thing to wake up to! By the way You have been missed with your posting. Hope all is well. Enjoy! Sunshiine

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lemonie made it!(author)2011-11-06

My connection's been dodgy, I ran out of credit and I was partying last night (Nov 5th). Just been around Digley - should have taken the camera...

L

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-11-06

My sister used to tell me the story of how she spent a day taking these wonderful pictures. She of course described every detail and went on for several minutes and then informed me she did not have any film in her camera. I still chuckle when I think about it. Hope your evening was fun. I had to smile when you mentioned you were partying late. I ran across a remedy for hangovers, I thought someday I might post here. Maybe sooner than I thought because you might have benefited from it. I personally don't drink, well, on very rare occasions. 1X a year if that. We are home bodies. I am an Instructable nerd and my husband loves some game he plays. I tell him at least I get free t-shirts. He gets a backache.
Cheers, Sunshiine

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lemonie made it!(author)2011-11-06

Your sister does right; you need to look at what you're photographing to understand what you want to capture. But with digital cameras you can snap with impunity and delete the crap at no cost.
The whole weekend was very good (like the 4th of July) but I know how much booze is too much and did the "get out of the 'kin-road and on the pavement!" job for my less careful friends(who both persisted in trying to kiss me...)

L

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-11-08

Technology has come so far! Imagine pictures taken on the moon that shows footprints left from our men walking on the moon. What quality! It seems as though I don't have my camera when there is something amazing to take pictures of. Years ago my sister and I were in the country and huge billows of clouds formed rapidly and we did not have any film. She told me I will never see anything like that again in my lifetime. So far it has been true. It was beautiful. There was one time I took some pictures of something that was amazing to me and I had a camera and it was digital! The funny thing about it was I shared it on Instructables! I was really overly excited, but it amazed me. Thanks for sharing. Sunshiine

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-11-06

Oh yes, and thanks for sharing! Sunshiine

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pecospearl made it!(author)2011-11-05

Nothing better than fried green tomatoes. Your recipe is different from other ones I've used and I can't wait to try it.

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-11-05

Yes, it is different. Mom used to make these but I do not know how she made them. I just remember how good they were. Thanks for all your support! Have a sunshiiny day sister!
Sunshiine

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onrust made it!(author)2011-11-04

My grandmother would make cold Ham sandwiches with the leftovers ..... but a BLT, on rye....... oh My!

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-11-04

That sounds good! BLT'S yeah! sweet! Thanks for commenting! Enjoy your weekend.
Sunshiine

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2011-11-04

Looks tasty! And those little tomatoes look so cute!

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-11-04

Blush thanks! They were soooo good! Passed hubby's approval. I love BLT's and that is why I added the bacon. Thanks for commenting! Have a splendorous day!
Sunshiine

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