Fried Green Tomatoes: The Food
Fried Green Tomatoes (photo by Creative Commons user erin.kkr)
Donna Florio | Southern Living
Uncover the secrets to frying them perfectly every time.
Full of fresh, tangy flavor, these delectable Fried Green Tomatoes are crusty on the outside and juicy on the inside.
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but before I came to work at Southern Living, I had never tasted a fried green tomato. Call me deprived, even ignorant, but for some reason I had never found the gumption to sample this traditional Southern favorite. To my narrow way of thinking, tomatoes ought to be red and fresh, not green and fried.
That all changed one day at tasting. Test Kitchens professional Vanessa McNeil was frying a mess of tomatoes, pulling them out of the skillet in batches just as the Foods staff arrived to sample the day’s recipes. “Y’all please eat these right away,” she said. “I want you to taste them while they’re still hot.” They were golden and crisp, with a pleasingly rugged exterior. Unlike the evenly applied coatings found in prebreaded frozen products, this crust had character. Some of us started munching on the inviting medallions before we made it back to the table and even turned back for seconds before we sat down. The combination of fried cornmeal and flour encasing hot, tart, juicy tomato was exquisite.
I was hooked. I vowed to learn what it takes to make a great fried green tomato. So I obtained the fine recipe you see here, then asked Vanessa for some pointers. It seems she has frying down to an art.
“I use a cast-iron skillet at home, but have found that any good, heavy skillet works fine,” she says. “Actually, an electric skillet is great—it keeps an even heat, so the tomatoes all cook nicely.”