Originally Posted by silentmeow
Tigger, My son suggested cornmeal as a coating. I tried it and it is nice and crunchy but a bit sweet. I think it would be great with the big purple ones but didn't do much for the baby ones, couldn't taste the eggplant! Now a question about the green tomatoes..........I'd like to make them but my past efforts have yielded nothing but bitter tasting tomatoes! Is there a secret to green tomatoes or is it a taste one must cultivate?
Thanks silentmeow, the cornmeal thing is how we are going to try them next time.
Now, for the fried green tomato question ... this is the way I was taught how to make them by my southern husbands granny.
4+/- large green tomaoes
Slice 1/4" thick. Salt and set in collander to pull excess water out. About 15-30 minutes. Rinse in cool water and lay out on paper towels to dry before proceeding. (I use these paper towels under the wire rack to catch any excess oil drips after the tomaoes are fried ... just my little part to recycle)
1/4 C corn starch
1-2 C flour
mix or sift these two really well. dredge the tomato slices in flour mixture.
after you dredge and tap excess flour mixture off, run the tomato slices thru the buttermilk. Allow to drip a little before placing in Cornmeal mixture.
1 C cornmeal
3 TBSP sugar
Black pepper (or) cayanne to taste
Mix these well. Run buttermilked slices in the cornmeal mixture. I use a heavy bottom fry pan. Heat vegetable oil to 375*, (I only use enough to go halfway up the tomato.) Cook about 3 minutes, carefully flip and cook about 2 minutes. Lay out on wire rack to drain and salt. Serve hot! If I am making a lot of them, I will place them in the oven set to 200*.
I hope this helps. I was raised in New York and in Colombia S.A. so I had not even heard of this until I met my husband 15 years ago. I told him he was crazy and that there was no way anyone in their right mind would ever eat, let alone cook a green tomato. Now I cannot wait until our garden tomatoes get to good size, because they are so delicious. Oh, my picky 5 year old even likes them. :)