Fried Green Tomatoes are one of my favorite southern guilty pleasures. Any time I see them on a menu out, I have to order them. I absolutely love them. I have a hard time cooking them at home because green tomatoes are hard to come by at your average grocery store. Yesterday, Morgan and I went to the Dallas farmer’s market and I stumbled across a stand that was selling green tomatoes. I bought a basket and went to town.
By the way, if you live in Dallas and haven’t been to the farmer’s market you really need to go before it gets blazing hot. They have tons of different produce vendors and you save a ton of money on really fresh fruits and veggies.
- Green Tomatoes (2)
- Bread crumbs (I used Gluten Free)
- Garlic Powder
- Red Pepper
- Black Pepper
- Sea Salt
- Chili powder
- 3-4 eggs
- 1 tbsp Buttermilk
- Hot Sauce
Cut the tomatoes into 1/3 inch slices. In a small bowl mix together your eggs, buttermilk, and a few shakes of hot sauce. In a separate bowl combine around 2 cups of the bread crumbs and then the seasonings as desired. I would say around 1 Tbsp of garlic powder, 2 Tbsp parmesan, 1 tsp. salt, pepper, chili powder and then 1/4 tsp of red pepper. It just depends on how spicy you like things. mix these ingredients all together. Then take your slices of tomato dredge them in the egg mix and then the bread crumb mix. Make sure you spray your baking pan with Pam and then stick them on there. You are going to cook them at 350 for 20 minutes and then flip them over and cook for another 20 minutes.
Since this is one of my favorite dishes I want to give you multiple options for serving it. The fancy option is the “fried green tomato caprese”.
But my favorite option is making fresh ranch dressing, adding some dijon mustard and just dunking them in there.
This is a great spring/summer time recipe if you are lucky enough to find green tomatoes. Morgan loved them, Phoebe doesn’t do tomatoes, and Blake surprisingly isn’t a huge tomato fan either. He did humor me and try one and he said he really liked the breading, but he wasn’t much of a tomato guy. I let him take one bite to asses and then when he said it wasn’t really his thing I insisted he let me eat the rest because it was definitely my thing.
Let them bake and start to brown, they aren’t going to have as crisp of a crust as actual fried tomatoes are, but you can munch down on these completely guilt free and they are just as good as their fattier friends.