Before this latest trip to Memphis, I had never tried friend green tomatoes. Funny enough, the first place I tried them was a Canadian bar/restaurant called The Kooky Canuck. Not exactly your soul food restaurant. Unless you’re Canadian and poutine is your comfort food. ;)
I was at the Redmond market yesterday and surprise one of the stalls had green tomatoes – not some heirloom variety (you can find those at whole foods) but legit GREEN tomatoes. I picked up a couple and tonight decided to fry them up. I’ve never made them before, never even fried anything before, so it was a but of an unknown going into it.
I found a basic recipe here and picked up the rest of the supplies at Whole Foods. Frying things at 9pm probably isn’t the greatest idea I’ve had, but the results were worth it.
Step 1: Make sure you’ve got an assistant. Mine had four legs, quite a bit of fluff and eagerly accepted the bits of red tomato I offered. But soon gave up to watch me from her bed.
Step 2: Measure everything out, mix the milk and eggs, the breadcrumbs and cornmeal, salt and pepper.
Step 3: Dip sliced ‘maters in flour, milk mixture, and then into the breadcrumb/cornmeal mix
Step 4: Fry that shit up! I used canola oil. Medium’ish heat – don’t want it too hot because the outside burns before the inside becomes tender (but no mush).
Step 5: Drain, dip in sauce (ranch in this case) & enjoy!
I think the cornmeal was a little too course. I fried a few firm red tomato slices as well and left out the cornmeal – those turned out great too. But I think it’s a fine line of being firm’ish and turning into mush. I also threw in a few walla walla sweet onion rings as well. Again, for never having fried anything they turned out pretty tasty.