The classic fried green tomatoes recipe meets mozzarella cheese in a side dish that is good enough to be dinner all on its own!
I have found that folks fall into two basic camps when it comes to fried green tomatoes. There is the “why would anyone want to fry and then eat a green tomato???” camp. The teenager is the president of this camp. Then there is the “fried green tomatoes are one of the reasons life is worth living” camp, and I am the president of this camp. The New Jersey chapter, anyhow.
The classic fried green tomato meets mozzarella cheese!Click To TweetSo, you start with, yes a green tomato. These are pretty widely available at farmer’s markets in August and September as the tomato crop goes nuts and they start picking green ones that haven’t ripened yet. The green ones are firmer and will stand up to the frying you are about to do without falling apart.
You have to use them pretty soon after you buy them, though, because if they are more mature tomatoes, they will keep on ripening, and your fried green tomatoes will be fried orange-ish tomatoes. And we’re looking for authenticity here!
So, if you are looking for your standard fried green tomato, the basic approach is this: slice those green tomatoes into nice thick slices, dunk them in flour, then egg, then cornmeal, fry them in some canola oil until they are a handsome golden brown, drain ’em on paper towels, sprinkle them with salt, and then dig in.
However. If you want to go to fried green tomato heaven, you can take things a step further. After you have your fried green tomatoes all nice and golden, build a stack of tomato, mozzarella cheese, tomato, cheese, tomato. You can even use a slice of a red one (unfried!) in the center for a little color. Sprinkle with some grated parmesan, skewer them with a long wooden toothpick so they stay together, and then pop them in the oven until the cheese juuuuust starts to melt.
Need I say more? Hurry hurry, before the green tomatoes leave to make room for the pumpkins.
- ½ cup flour
- 3 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 pound green tomatoes, sliced ½ inch thick
- ½ cup canola oil
- Kosher salt
- Sliced mozzarella
- Grated parmesan
- Place the flour, cornmeal and eggs in separate bowls. Dip the tomatoes first in the flour, then the eggs, then the cornmeal, pressing gently to help the cornmeal adhere.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, cook the tomatoes until golden brown, 1-2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towel lined sheet and season with salt.
- These are fine to eat just as is, but if you want to take it step further, preheat the oven to 400. Make a stack of tomato slice, mozzarella cheese, another tomato, more cheese, one more tomato slice. (You can use a regular red tomato slice in the middle for color if you like.) Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and stick a toothpick down the middle. Bake just until the cheese starts to melt, about 2-5 minutes. If they slide apart don't worry, you can push them back into a stack once they are out of the oven.