It's sad when you have to rip all the plants out of the garden at the end of the season. We waited until there was a forecast for frost before we could bring ourselves to do it. The bright side is that you can harvest all the tomatoes that didn't have a chance to ripen. In my house, that can only mean one thing. Fried green tomatoes.
I don't like to fry things. I generally hate cooking anything that required me to stand at the stove for any length of time. (Have I mentioned that I have no patience?) For fried green tomatoes, I'll make an exception.
The original recipe I got from allrecipes.com and you can find it here. I was trying for an authentic southern recipe that would be similar to what Idgy and Ruth used in Fried Green Tomatoes. FYI, if you don't already know, Fried Green Tomatoes is a great movie and an even better book!
Anyway, the original recipe called for frying the tomatoes in bacon grease. I'm pretty old school, but even I don't have bacon grease on hand. I used the same lard I used in my chocolate chip cookies awhile back. I suppose you could use Crisco, but the flavor will be different.
Southern Style Fried Green Tomatoes1 cup lard (not hydrogenated)
2/3 cup flour1 1/2 cup cornmeal1/2 tsp black pepper2 egg1/2 cup milk2 green tomatoes*, sliced 1/4" thickMakes 4 servings
Heat the lard in a large skillet over medium heat.In a small bowl, stir together dry ingredients.In another small bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.Dip the tomato slices into the egg mixture, then coat both sides with the dry mixture.Place the breaded tomato slices in the hot lard.Cook until browned on both sidesMove from hot lard onto a plate lined with dry paper towels to soak up the excess grease. Allow to cool a little and enjoy!
*The recipe calls for 2 tomatoes, but my tomatoes were small so I used a LOT more than that! It is important that they're totally green, no ripening at all!
If you need some tips on how to fry food at home, this link is very informative.