I was leaving for a month long trip to Utah and couldn’t wait for my tomatoes to ripen, so I made some Fried Green Tomatoes and they were DE-LICIOUS! You know they are a very popular dish in the South, and since I am a southern girl now I thought I better give them a try. The recipe I decided to use came from my sweet friend Starlie. All her recipes are wonderful and they always come with a story. I sure love this girl, she makes everything beautiful and special. This was the email I got from her regarding this recipe:
I would love for you to post the fried green tomatoes…brings back sooo many memories! My Dad loves to cook and that was one of his recipes from humble beginnings. He always makes do with little and when there are green tomatoes in September/October he never wasted them. I want you to have his Farmer’s Market Salsa recipe too so I will attach that one also. At the end of the Market day he always traded his wares with the other farmers and one day we came home with all the goodies for this salsa so we made a big batch and sat with warm tortilla chips on the back patio enjoying this before the grilled steaks were done…I love those memories!
Thank you Starlie for sharing your family recipes and sweet memories! I can’t wait to make a big batch of that Farmers Market Salsa up next! I will share it with you all soon.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Submitted by Melanie–Recipe from Starlie
Printable Recipe here
1 cup flour (*I used half the flour and buttermilk and had plenty for 3)
2 cups buttermilk
Fresh ground black pepper
Pinch of paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper
3-4 medium green tomatoes
2 cups panko bread crumbs, or plain bread crumbs
6 cups of canola oil (*I used about 2 cups)
In a large, deep, heavy pan, heat the oil to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl; whisk the flour and the milk together. Mix in the salt, black pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper.
Slice the tomatoes into 1/3 inch slices. Dip into the batter coating thoroughly. Cover both sides with crumbs. Carefully add to the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Serve immediately with Ranch Salsa.
For Ranch Salsa, mix 1 Tablespoon of mild Picante sauce with ½ cup ranch dressing. Mix well and serve with fried green tomatoes.