Fried Green Tomatoes with a Cheesy Crust


| 10/8/2009 11:44:55 AM


Tags: tomatoes, green tomatoes, seasonal recipes, fall,

I'll take fried green tomatoes almost any way you throw them at me, but I like to boost the classic preparation of this Southern specialty by adding hard grated cheese to the breadcrumb mixture. The cheese melts into the crusts as they fry, which is of course tasty, but is also useful for keeping the breading together.

Ingredients:
2 to 3 medium green tomatoes
Dash sea salt
3 1/2 tbsp 
Cajun seasoning blend 
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 large eggs
Dollop fresh cream or half-and-half
1 1/2 cups finely ground breadcrumbs (Note: If using store-bought seasoned breadcrumbs or homemade breadcrumbs from herbed breads, be sure to adjust the other seasonings in this recipe to suit your tastes.)
3/4 cup grated hard cheese, such as Parmesan or Gruyere (Note: A nutty cheese is particularly nice with the zesty flavor of green tomatoes.)
3/4 cup peanut or other frying oil

Instructions:

Tomatoes. Slice the tomatoes into quarter-inch-thick slices. Pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with a little salt. Let the tomato slices rest while you prepare the breading mixtures.

Flour Mixture. Mix together the flours, and feel free to adjust the proportion of white to whole-wheat flour. Using at least a little bit of all-purpose white flour will help keep the breading light. Mix in a tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning blend. Pour onto a plate or low bowl, and set aside.

Egg Mixture. Beat the eggs with the cream and a tablespoon of the Cajun seasoning. Pour into a low dish and set aside.




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