Fried Green Tomatoes: Not the Movie But Just as Good!

Preparation Time: 35 Minutes  Servings: 6 as a side and 3 as an entrée 

fried green tomatoes
<strong>Crispy satisfying light and delicious<strong>

My family comes from a long line of deep-fried southern cooking. A whole lot of comfort food made with butter, buttermilk, cream, lard, and pretty much anything that would clog your arteries. It tastes great, but we have to be practical about our health these days and try to incorporate some healthy substitutions that will make our classic dishes modern, delicious, and less fat and calorie-dense. I took my great grandmother’s fried green tomato recipe and lightened it up, it is just as delicious as I remember it being! Just like that movie from the 90s. A classic, modernized, satisfying, and just a little bit of ‘chicken fried.’

fresh green tomatoes for the greenhouse garden
<strong>Fresh Dome Grown Green Tomatoes<strong>

Ingredients for fried green tomatoes

6 medium to large green tomatoes from your Growing Dome 

tomatoes in the 22' growing dome

3 tbsp healthy high heat oil. (We used a mix of avocado, coconut, and safflower by Chosen. Do not use EVOO.)

3 cups panko breadcrumbs. (We used gluten-free.)

3 eggs/egg whites or egg replacement for vegans

1 tsp each (to taste or until your ancestors whisper enough, child): salt, pepper, smoked paprika, dried or fresh parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, Tony Chachere’s Cajun spice. 

How to cook fried green tomatoes

frying green tomatoes in a cast iron skillet

Begin by slicing the green tomatoes about a quarter of an inch thick. Add garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, and Cajun spice in a mixing bowl and crack eggs in. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Bread the tomatoes, get a plate, and place breadcrumbs on a plate. Add smoked paprika, dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and Tony Chachere‘s Cajun spice. Coat Completely. Take a large skillet and heat your oil to medium-high heat. The pan is perfect when you place your first tomato in, and it sizzles. Allow sautéing for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown, then flip and cook the reverse side for another 5 to 6 minutes. Place a few paper towels on a serving dish to let some of the oil wick into the paper towel. Enjoy with your favorite protein, for example, a ground chicken burger or a vegetarian entrée. Serve HOT!

finished fried green tomatoes on yellow  plate

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Kesy Curtis
Growing Spaces has given me a different perspective on my life, my health, and has exponentially increased my quality of life.

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