Did you ever see that movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”?
Once upon another lifetime I was working at a video store when that movie came out. I had heard it got great reviews but for some inexplicable reason I never felt the urge to watch it. It just didn’t call to me the way other movies did like, “Shakespeare In Love” or “Moll Flanders”, “The Lord Of The Rings” or my latest film fan craze, “Avatar”.
Maybe it was the name I mean how spectacularly amazing could a movie titled after an unripe fruit be? Yes I said fruit, tomatoes are fruits, not vegetables, it’s a fact and as such beyond contestation. And for the record, bananas are herbs did you know that? Funny how things get mis-categorized and end up in the wrong baskets huh? Like me, I’m a medical coding analyst but really I’m an insanely successful film director and next in line for the English throne. Maybe in it’s heart a banana is really a fruit and a tomato is really a vegetable.
But I digress. The movie. The thought of fried tomatoes seriously didn’t sound appealing therefore the movie sure didn’t.
It would be over a decade before I tried an actual fried green tomato; I still have not seen the movie.
Mr. Sweet Butter and I took our Summer trip to Disney and as a necessity had both breakfast and dinner at the Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort.
For Dinner I had the seared tuna and I think they changed it up because they served it over fried green tomatoes and I would have remembered, I’m positive.
Ok so the movie is still sitting in the wings but the food of it’s namesake was incredible! I was so surprised. I felt like I was in some funky Disney version of Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” but more like “Green Tomatoes and Hot Oil.”
I liked them, I really liked them and I would eat them in a house and I would eat them with a mouse. I would eat them in the hail and I would eat them on a monorail.
So of course I had to make them. Which I did this past weekend.
Ok so here’s the disclaimer. I once said that all meals and food on this here blog have been Mr. Sweet Butter tested and approved. Well they are and have…up until now. He simply didn’t care for them but in all fairness he’s not a tomato kinda guy anyway.
WizKid loved them and I think these would be a great side dish, snack or compliment to a main dish like I did with my Sweet Peach & Soy Pork.
I found a recipe online (I wish wish wish I would have marked the site…possibly the food network??) Regardless I found they’re fairly easy to whip up and the ingredients are pretty much the same.
Since it’s been a long time coming for me to give these little beauties their fair shot it was only appropriate to add some thyme seasoning to these. Most excellent and delicious.
Perhaps I’ll have to give the movie a fare shake as well. I hear it’s a comedy. I like comedies. Comedies are good.
If you’ve watched the movie let me know what you think. Reviews are good too.
Make some fried green tomaters and enjoy!
- 3 Large green tomatoes
- 2 Eggs
- ½ cup Milk
- 1 cup All purpose flour
- ½ cup Cornmeal
- ½ cup Bread crumbs
- 2 teaspoons coarse Kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon Ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Thyme
- 2 cups oil
- Slice tomatoes just more than ¼ inch thick. Cutting off the ends.
- In a medium-size bow whisk the eggs and milk together.
- Spread the flour out on a plate.
- Mix cornmeal, bread crumbs and salt and pepper and thyme on another plate.
- In three steps coat the tomatoes with the flour. Then dip them into milk and egg mixture and finally coat them completely with breadcrumbs.
- Pour vegetable oil to about ½ inch deep in a large frying pan or skillet and heat over a medium heat. Not too hot or the crumb mixture will burn quickly.
- Place tomatoes into the frying pan 2 or 3 at a time, depending on the size of your skillet.
- Do not let them touch each other.
- Brown tomatoes to golden on both sides, about a minute each side & remove to plate. Drain them on paper towels.