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Old 10-23-2014, 10:33 PM   #1
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Uses of Green (unripe) tomatoes

So, Im on a business trip down south ( Atlanta, Georgia) and I've eaten in a few fancy restaurants the past few days. Each with a Green tomato component.

Day 1 was a Green tomato marmalade. I didnt know what it was at first, so I was trying to guess ( at first I thought grapes, then other things came to mind, but I couldnt quite pinpoint the consistency). Finally I broke down and checked the menu. It was actually pretty good. Once I knew what it was, I could taste the tomato aspect of it.

Day 2 I got a grilled vegetable dish, Zucchini, eggplant, peppers, portbello and a Green tomato. Not the greatest thing in the world, but still very good, and another way I can use my unripened tomatoes.

In addition to this, there is the obvious Fried green tomatoes ( which Ive made in the past, Pickled green tomatoes ( which I have a gallon of waiting for me when I get home. Finally, I had an older Italian gentleman tell me that when he has tomatoes that are kind of green with a slight color to it, he dices them, a little balsamic, olive oil, salt, pepper to make a salsa with them (havent tried this one yet , but I will with next years partially ripened tomatoes).

So this brings me to my question. What other uses of Green ( unripened ) tomatoes have you guys either heard of, tried or suggest???

( also had myself some cheddar cheese grits and corn filled ravioli, peach cobbler ...) Im trying to load up on as much souther food ( vegetarian, kinda hard to avoid bacon and lard, but Im trying) as I can.

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Old 10-23-2014, 10:45 PM   #2
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I recently made and canned a much smaller amount of this: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/green-tomato-relish/

I didn't have red peppers, so I added more green, and used up the rest of my green cherry toms. It tastes like hotdog relish!
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:50 PM   #3
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Love green tomatoes any way they're prepared. Yes, fried and pickled but I've also made soup, which was really, really good.

Larry, try this recipe for Green Tomato Soup. It IS tasty.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:59 PM   #4
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Terrific suggestions guys, cant wait to try them. Its kinda cool that I was able to experience some foods from the south. Actually did a road trip from NEw york. Wanted to visit my friend in Tennessee, but didnt quite work out. Georgia is treating me very well and the weather ( at least this week) has been perfect.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:00 PM   #5
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Green tomato mincemeat.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:19 PM   #6
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i'm interested in all of the responses so far and those to come, larry.

i have a lot of green tomatoes that i doubt will ripen as nights are starting to drop into the 40s here.

the diced one with balsamic sounds really good. is it regular balsamic, or reduced?

it's a good thing you're not travelling just south of the quad cities of davenport, iowa.

i was there visiting relatives once, and after day upon day of all kinds of meat and fried things ( including fried meat), i saw a veggie platter on a menu so i immediately ordered it.

it was various veggies beer battered and deep fried in bacon fat .

when i got home, i ate salads for a week.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:51 PM   #7
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Yeah, being down here in the south , trying to avoid bacon and lard is a challenge, but the restaurants Ive been in are top notch, and they seem to be doing right by me ( they better at those prices).

The way the gentleman described it to me, it seamed the balsamic was straight up ( not reduced). He was an older Italian gentleman just shooting off recipes by the bunch. I did everything in my power to remember them and get them on paper as he was talking. The only thing he stressed was that they were green, with just a hint of color. I know ive cut open some green ones in the past, but the inside is kinda pink. Im guessing that is what he was talking about. Strictly an experiment from my end. Unfortunately, I found out about it after I had pickled all of my greenies, so Ill have to wait til next year to try the salsa. That being said, if you give it a try, let me know if its worth the effort, or what changes / suggestions you make.
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Green Tomato gravy is one of our favorite
ways to use green tomatoes. I can post it
if you are interested.

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Old 10-24-2014, 12:46 AM   #9
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Green Tomato gravy is one of our favorite
ways to use green tomatoes. I can post it
if you are interested.

Josie
Id love to see the recipe , thanks
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