As the summer tomatoes begin to grow, impatience can grab you. All winter we've had to put up with hothouse replacements instead of the homegrown Heirlooms, Big Boys and Beefsteaks hanging from the vine.
Instead of waiting, pick a few green gems and serve a Southern favorite – Fried Green Tomatoes.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Makes about 12-14 slices
- 4-5 large green tomatoes
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1-cup medium grind cornmeal
- ½ buckwheat flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 bottle Crystal hot sauce (or other regional hot sauce)
- Vegetable oil
In a large iron skillet, begin to heat your oil, about ¼ to ½ inch deep.
Slice your tomatoes in thick slices, about half an inch.
Pour the buttermilk into a medium bowl and whisk in one tablespoon of Crystal sauce. Or less to your liking (although I wouldn't recommend less.)
In another bowl about the same size, whisk the cornmeal, salt, pepper and buckwheat flour together.
Once your oil is about 350-375 F, begin breading your tomatoes.
Place two or three into the buttermilk pressing gently on them to get the milk into the cracks.
Using a fork, lift each slice and place in the cornmeal mix. Gently shake the bowl in a flat, circular movement to cover the tomato with meal. If the top is still not covered, flip with the fork.
Life the slice and place it in the hot oil. Three or four slices should fit in together at once.
Cook on each side about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
Take out of oil, add more tomatoes and let rest cake cooling rack over a plate to drain extra grease.
Serve with Comeback Sauce and extra hot sauce.
There are many version of this sauce, but most contain similar ingredients.
Makes 1 cup
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbs. ketchup
- 2 tbs. Crystal sauce (or other hot sauce)
- 1 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cracked black pepper
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until served.
Twinkle VanWinkle has over 20 years of professional cooking under her apron strings, feeding thousands of friends, family and other folks. She baked apple pies for the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and has appeared on Food Network's "The Best Of..." Along with producing dynamic lifestyle content for LIN Media, she is a mother, urban gardener, chef, musician and social media fanatic.
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