I had this weird thing with green tomatoes for a very long time. The reasons why, I don’t know however we didn’t see eye to green eye. It was only by force that we became friends when I dined at Belle’s Diner (now Belle’s Hot Chicken) and the only vegetarian options they had were a mac and cheese entree or a fried green tomato burger. I was ravenous, so naturally I ordered both.
I was sceptical. I must have thought that because the tomato was green is tasted something like cucumber (what Bec..?!), which I quite like so none of this made much sense at all. I took a brave bite of my burger and all my fears slowly melted away into this delicious fried vegetable goodness.
Fast forward a long time and I had a sudden
need urge to fry green tomatoes.
The weather is slowly changing around us, every day, because thats what weather does. The leaves hold a faint orange tinge and coats have started to make an appearance. I am not mad, I happen to prefer the colder days to hot. Autumn, you beautiful thing. Like the change in the air, Dancing Through Sunday has had a little cosmetic change with a new design. I hope you like it, and let me know if you have any feedback or comments. You could also just say hi because I love hearing from you guys!
There are still the occasional warm day with crisp sunshine so although I am very quick to bust out the hearty, comforting curries and pasta bakes, I had to take my last chance to enjoy a simple salad.
If I can say so myself, this was fantastic. I saved a plate for Jackson, who was returning home in a few hours but when he came home his plate seemed to be mysteriously missing.. I don’t know what happened to it. I think a sneaky racoon broke in whilst I was distracted by the #yolkporn hashtag and ate all his fried green tomatoes… that’s what I’m going with okayssh. Yes, I am aware there are no racoons in Australia.
The green tomatoes melted inside the salty, crispy panko crumb casing and the fried tomatoes were piled on top of some spinach (for health), sprouts and some normal red tomatoes so they didn’t feel left out. The drizzle was a cumin & lemon greek yoghurt and garnish with parsley and a tiny sprinkle of smoked paprika. #wow
It sounds like a lot of effort but by far the largest part of the meal is crumbing the tomatoes and it’s not too difficult. A simple dusting in flour, then egg wash and in some panko bread crumbs – the rest is as easy as pie. Fried green pie 😉
Have you ever tried fried green tomatoes, or had an irrational weird presumption about a food before?
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Have a wonderful day, Bec x
Fried green tomato salad
- 3 green tomatoes
- plain flour for dusting
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs or normal
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1 red tomato
- 1 cup spinach
- alfalfa sprouts
- handful of parsley to garnish
- lemon wedges to serve
- oil for frying
For the yoghurt sauce
- 1/2 cup natural greek yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Combine the greek yoghurt, lemon juice and cumin and a teaspoon of water and stir until combined. Set aside in fridge.
- Dust the green tomatoes in flour, dip into the eggwash and coat in the panko crumbs.
- Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add the crumbed tomatoes and cook for a minute each side or until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper and sprinkle with salt.
- Once all the tomatoes have cooked, arrange them on the spinach, sprouts and sliced red tomato.
- Drizzle with the yoghurt sauce, garnish with chopped parsley and serve with a wedge of lemon. Enjoy.