Don't you just love the movie? I also like fried green tomatoes but without one's own garden, green tomatoes can be hard to come by. I found these slightly under ripe heirloom tomatoes at the market yesterday. They are supposed to be green even when ripe. I picked up a couple to try.
- 2 large green tomatoes (sliced into ½ inch slabs)
- Buttermilk sufficient to cover the tomato slices
- Dash of hot sauce
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ TBS kosher salt
- Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Canola oil for frying
- Place sliced tomatoes in a glass pie dish. Add a dash of your favorite hot sauce. Pour buttermilk over the tomatoes to cover. This can be done ahead of time and refrigerated for a few hours or overnight. The great thing about letting them set overnight is that the water separated from the solids of the buttermilk leaving a nice thick white layer of buttermilk solids.
- In a medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients except the oil. Remove the tomato slices from the buttermilk and carefully press each into the bread crumb/flour mixture. Have oil pre-heated to medium in a large frying pan. Add the tomatoes to the oil as soon as the are coated. Fry the tomatoes until each side is golden brown, turning only once. Remove from oil and allow the oil to drain a bit before placing the fried tomatoes on a plate. Serve immediately. You can add more hot sauce or other condiment of your choosing. I ate mine just plain, piping hot.
I had an idea to soak the sliced tomatoes overnight in buttermilk. I sliced each tomato in thirds, making nice thick slabs, then poured buttermilk over them and refrigerated them.