If you grow a garden, especially in a climate with a short growing season, you know that one of your last harvest decisions is what to do with green tomatoes. If you harvest them before they are damaged by frost, many green tomatoes will ripened indoors. You can also preserve tomatoes while they are still green. Some can be eaten fresh too.
I share one of my favorite ways to eat fresh tomatoes this week in my Twice as Tasty column for the Flathead Beacon: dredged in cornmeal and fried in a pan. Successfully making fried green tomatoes, with a just-soft, sweet interior and crisp outer shell that stays attached to each tomato slice, depends on the tomatoes you choose and the way you prepare them before you add them to the pan.
Learn more about end-of-season tomatoes and get the complete recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes in my column.
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Green tomatoes, with their firm flesh and minimal juice, often hold their shape better than red ones when pickled. I included several recipes that use them in my pickling cookbook, including a curried pickle, salsa, and chutney. Pickled slices are delicious in a grilled cheese sandwich. Chutney pairs well with shrimp or savory pancakes. You can use green tomato salsa anytime you want a green sauce: tucked into fish tacos, spread into cheese quesadillas, or served atop potatoes with black beans.
You can learn more about my other favorite base for green sauces—tomatillos—in this blog post.
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2 thoughts on “Fried Green Tomatoes”
My mom always wrapped a few of the perfect end-of-season green tomatoes in newspaper and tucked them in an old bread box in the pantry. We often had “fresh” tomatoes for Thanksgiving. They were just off the vine perfect!
I remember you mentioned that last year after my tomatoes had all started to color, so I’m planning to give it a try this year as soon as they’re pulled. Thanks for the tip!
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