Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches

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When it comes to warm-weather produce, much is made of the importance of finding just-ripe fruits and vegetables for their natural sweetness and juicy insides. But that all changes when the spotlight is shined on one particular summer classic: fried green tomatoes. This Southern staple is best when made with firm, not-yet-ripe tomatoes — which are most often green — because they’re not packed with liquid yet. Traditional tomato sauce relies on ripe red tomatoes because they burst open with juices when cooked, but it’s those same juices that would render red tomatoes limp and the crumb coating soggy if they were fried.

As you peruse your gardens this summer or shop at farm stands and the supermarket, reach for green tomatoes and put them to work in the Neelys’ can-do recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes (pictured above). Ready to eat in only 30 minutes, this simple-to-make dish features slices of green tomato dunked in garlic powder-laced flour, a batter of milk and eggs, and finally panko with a pinch of cayenne for subtle heat. Fry them until they’re golden brown and crispy on the outside and serve a creamy, tangy buttermilk sauce alongside for deliciously easy dipping.

fried green tomato sandwichWant to turn fried green tomatoes into a meal? Try Food Network Magazine’s recipe for Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches (pictured above), featuring layers of three kinds of tomatoes: the fried green variety plus ripe red and yellow beauties. A smear of herbed mayonnaise on the bread adds indulgence to round out the dish.  Or see the recipe here below:

Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • For the sauce:
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 scallions, minced
  • 2 teaspoons green hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • For the tomatoes and sandwiches:
  • 6 medium green tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 1 handful fresh dill (leaves and stems)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • 12 slices brioche or potato bread
  • Yellow and red tomatoes, sliced, for topping

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce: Combine the mayonnaise, parsley, scallions, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and salt to taste in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Slice the green tomatoes 1/4 inch thick and place in a large bowl. Combine the vinegar, sugar and 1 tablespoon salt in a saucepan. Put the pickling spice in a tea ball or tie in a square of cheesecloth with twine; add to the saucepan along with the dill. Simmer over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups cold water and pour over the green tomatoes. Let sit at room temperature 1 hour, 30 minutes.
  3. Whisk the flour, cornmeal, chili powder and 1 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Whisk the eggs, 2 tablespoons water and 1 teaspoon salt in another shallow dish. Heat about 1 inch of peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F.
  4. Drain the green tomatoes and pat dry with a paper towel. Working in batches, dredge the green tomato slices in the flour mixture, then dip in the egg mixture and dredge again in the flour mixture. Fry in the hot oil, turning once, until the crust is golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Spread each slice of bread with some of the sauce. Layer the fried green tomatoes and the yellow and red tomatoes evenly among 6 bread slices. Cover with the remaining bread slices.
  6. Photograph by Anna Williams
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Michael Musto

Just following my passion for cooking & helping Retailers, Restaurants, & Food Industry companies with Marketing Strategies. Along the way sharing recipes from amazing food bloggers, The love of great wines, artisan spirits, craft brews and of course Bourbon.

I grew up in the kitchen with my mother and grandmother and it's where I love to be every day cooking for my wonderful family. I hope you enjoy!

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