Today’s my daddy’s 86th birthday and we are celebrating with a cookout at my house! I’ll share all of that later this week, I know you’ll want to celebrate with us. 🙂
The tomatoes are rolling in from my parents garden right now and we are loving them! It’s always a treat this time of year to see the red ripe tomatoes being gathered and eaten. My dad is not only a talented carpenter, but his skill at growing veggies can’t be rivaled.
The man knows his way around a garden, that’s for sure. He grows Better Boy and Roma tomatoes for the most part. They sure are good!
I had my first tomato sandwich just a couple of weeks ago and you can bet that will be a staple around here for the rest of the summer. There’s nothing better!
My mom sent me some green tomatoes that had fallen off the vine and thought that I might want to try some fried green tomatoes. I had never made them at home and this is not something that we really grew up eating, although fried green tomatoes seem to be a Southern staple. They just weren’t in our family. But I have ordered them many times out in restaurants and love them. I put together a recipe using my mom’s instructions and they turned out great!
I decided to take pics halfway through my frying and so here you go. I sliced up the green tomato.
One egg beaten, plus Italian bread crumbs, mixed with all purpose flour. Maybe 3 TBS of each. This is an on the fly recipe. I dipped the tomato slices in egg batter, then dredged it in the bread crumbs/flour mixture, and plopped them into a non-stick frying pan with a little olive oil in the bottom.
Let it brown on both sides, Medium/High heat and they will brown up nicely.
And here’s what they looked like when I took them off. I ate them with some fresh tomato salsa and they were delish! I will definitely do them again!
Have you ever made fried green tomatoes?
Karen asbell says
Happy Birthday to the greast, handiest dad! My dad was a like like yours!
Just had GFT tonight! Love them!
Mmmmmm, GFT on a bacon sandwich!
Dennie, sounds like they my taste a bit like fried pickles, another of my favorite….
Humph, guess I know why I can’t lose weight!
Birthday blessings to you dear daddy!
Happy Birthday to your sweet wonderful precious dad..
I fixed these using your recipe last night after I read your blog. So simple and SOOOOO Good!!!!!
Hi Barbara, thanks for letting me know! Glad you liked it, I thought it was so easy too.
Oh, those sound so good. I haven’t cooked them yet this summer so I guess I’m overdue. Whistle Stop Cafe in Kennesaw has good fried green tomatoes on their menu. Tomatoes are not cut too thin and always have an excellent flavor although I do usually mention to the waitress to make certain they are browned. (sometimes they take them out too soon for me). When I cook them I’ve never used a batter so I will have to try it. I just salt them, then bread them in a mixture of cornmeal with some flour added. I use a skillet with enough oil to fry them rather than deep fry. The family tended to like them lightly battered and this does stick, believe it or not but leaves less breading. I have also cooked them in the oven when I’m trying to “be good” watching calories. Using the same method, after the breading I put them in a single layer on a baking sheet. I cover the baking pan with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray. Once the tomatoes are on the pan, spray them lightly with the cooking spray then put in the oven. I’m going to guess at the oven temp since I don’t remember off hand but I would say around 375 degrees. Once they are browned, turn them over and brown the other side. Then enjoy, guilt free. Yes, those with the guilt added are a little better but isn’t that always the case?
I hope your Dad enjoyed his birthday. My father turned 87 this year and is still going strong. I wish him the same luck.
When you talk about your sweet Daddy he sounds so much like mine (they were born about the same time) we had a garden every single year, and as soon as those tomatoes got the right size my Mom would fry them up. Then came the tomato sandwiches! Tomatoes on biscuits, tomatoes stewed, it’s a slice of heaven. My parents bought a summer place in Murphy (Martins Creek) and eventually moved full time, my daddy wanted to move back home. Nothing better than a daddy grown tomato! Happy Birthday to your Daddy!
That tomato sandwich makes my mouth water. I can almost taste those dark red tomatoes. And, I think I will fry some green tomatoes for dinner….I mean supper.