I don’t fry very many foods at home due to the mess of frying on the stove, the oil disposal and the general unhealthiness of fried food. Despite this, once or twice a summer I am compelled to make a batch of fried green tomatoes. A couple of weeks ago, I found some green tomatoes at the Charlottesville City Market and had to buy a few for this summer’s first fried green tomatoes. I chose three small green tomatoes and happily paid a mere $1 for them.
A couple of days later, I sliced and salted the tomatoes, dredged them in flour, egg and cornmeal and fried them in a pan of bubbling oil. Paired with a bit of homemade remoulade sauce, they were the best work day lunch I’ve had in a long time and they cost only a dollar!
The recipes I use for both the fried green tomatoes and the remoulade sauce are from Simply Recipes. The recipe has a number of steps, but it was quick enough that I was able to make it during my lunch break on a work day. And in case you were wondering, I don’t usually cook lunch from scratch on a work day, this was a rare deviation from leftovers or sandwiches.
If you’ve never tried fried green tomatoes, you’re missing out. Even if you don’t like tomatoes, you may like these (I speak from experience as I used to hate regular tomatoes). If you end up with a little extra remoulade sauce, it’s great as a spicy spread for sandwiches (or you could just make another batch of fried green tomatoes).