Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fried Green Tomatoes

Every summer when the tomato vines reach toward the heavens and their blossoms start showing those lovely green orbs, I crave fried green tomatoes.

I am the only person I know who likes them, except maybe my father. I am not sure about my brother. My mother fixed them occasionally when we were growing up, which is where I developed a taste for them.

My husband will not eat them. "Fried green tomatoes is just a waste of a good tomato," he declares.

But last week, he was away for a few days. I'd been waiting for him to take this trip just so I could fry green tomatoes.

Fried green tomatoes require three things: the tomatoes, a batter, and cooking oil of some kind.

Now, I am supposed to be eating healthy. That means I am not to eat things fried in artery-clogging shortening. So I opted for a mix of safflower oil, Smart Choice "Healthy" Balance oil, and two pats of of real butter (for a little flavor).

The batter is always a problem. Some years I fry them up in straight flour, sometimes cornmeal, sometimes a mix of both. For a while I enjoyed them in a tempura batter mix that I found at the grocery, but I hadn't seen that in the store for some time.

I thought I'd use the flour/cornmeal mix, but I needed cornmeal. At the store I ran across something called Kentucky Kernel Seasoned Flour. Lo, it said it was for frying veggies, including tomatoes! Bless my soul and call me cousin! I couldn't believe it.

I sliced the 'maters, added an egg and water to the flour mix (I added a bit more water than it called for, to thin the batter a bit), heated my oils, and started frying!

I could hardly wait to taste the first ones to see if this new flour mix would be delectable or terrible.

Yum, yum! Terrific! A big thumbs up to the Kentucky Kernel.

And here's a trailer for one of my favorite movies: Fried Green Tomatoes, starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy.


  1. Never tried them, in fact never even heard of them until I moved to Virginia. Up north we fry things like squid and zucchini flowers. I did try fried green pickles once...I'll stick with the calamari!

  2. Fried green tomatoes - Yum Yum!! That's good eating. I like mine with cornmeal. I'll look for Kentucky Kernal Seasoned Flour when I go grocery shopping.

  3. Yum! Love 'em! Hate cooking them messy.

  4. Oh, you have my mouth watering! These are a real "once-a-year" sort of treat.
    There was a large turn out at the winery. I suppose everyone had the same idea- that these summer evenings are numbered.

  5. I've never had fried green tomatoes, but I sure do love that movie. The "Towanda!" parking lot scene is so very satisfying to watch, especially for a non-assertive type like me. :-) I like to fantasize about having my own Towanda moment.

  6. Gee...........I didn't hear my phone ring for a invite to come eat. So yes, your brother LOVES fried green tomoatos!!!!

  7. Gee..... I thought you were on a diet! But I didn't know you liked fried green tomatoes. Now I do.


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