So, besides Buttermilk Fried Chicken, can you get any more Southern than Fried Green Tomatoes? I think not! They are truly becoming one of my favorite southern appetizers/side dishes. I make it a point to try them at every restaurant serving them up. However, with the abundance of fresh green tomatoes at your local farmer’s markets, how can one resist frying up this southern treat in your very own kitchen.
Pairing them with an incredible pimento cheese sauce made from pimento cheese by Queen Charlotte Pimento Cheese sent them over the top. Love working with local companies. If possible, I try and find a way to incorporate something local in all of my recipe creations. Hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed creating this fool-proof way to prepare Fried Green Tomatoes, at home! They are super tender on the inside. You will be amazed at the crunch on the outside.
Also, be sure to keep scrolling through this recipe. At the end, I’ll show you how to turn these Fried Green Tomatoes into one of the best BLTs you have ever tasted! You may ask, what else can you do with this fabulous Southern recipe? Make Fried Green Tomato Caprese Stacks, of course!
HOW TO PREPARE THE BEST FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
Slice the green tomatoes in one-half inch rounds. So, you may be wondering about this amazing knife I am using. It is a Japanese knife used by chefs and home chefs around the world. High quality steel with an amazing rosewood handle. I am in love with Japanese knives. I still have a few from my visit to Japan over twenty years ago. This speaks volumes for the craftsmanship. Click here to grab one for yourself. Use my code MELISSA for a discount!
Place sliced green tomatoes on paper towels. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Allow the tomatoes to sit on the paper towels for about fifteen minutes. The kosher salt will extract a bit of the water out of the green tomatoes. This step is very important to ensure that your tomatoes are not mushy.
In a bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and hot sauce. Combine the AP flour, cornmeal, rice flour and kosher salt and black pepper in a separate bowl. Check out this cool video I did for TikTok by clicking here. Give me a follow while you are there!
Heat peanut or canola oil in a cast iron pan (just enough to oil to cover the tomatoes to half of their thickness). Place tomatoes in buttermilk mixture. Coat each green tomato individually by removing from the buttermilk mixture and placing into the flour mixture. Double dipping is definitely allowed, and highly encouraged. Place on platter and coat the remaining tomatoes.
Once the oil reaches temperature (about 400 degrees), fry tomatoes in batches until they are golden brown on both sides. Try not to overcrowd the pan, as this will cause the tomatoes to steam, instead of fry. This will make for a mushy, not crispy fry. Place Fried Green Tomatoes on paper towels, or even in a paper bag, to drain any excess oil. Salt immediately after removing from oil.
PIMENTO CHEESE SAUCE
Not that these Fried Green Tomatoes are not super amazing on their own, the pimento cheese sauce just adds another depth of southern charm and flavor. In a saucepan, combine the pimento cheese and heavy whipping cream. Whisk until the mixture turns into a creamy sauce.
So, if you can resist eating them as soon as they come out of the fryer, plate the Fried Green Tomatoes. Serve alone, or with a drizzle of this incredible pimento cheese sauce. ENJOY as an appetizer or side dish!
FRIED GREEN TOMATO BLTs
As mentioned above, I promised I would show you how to turn these Fried Green Tomatoes into one of the best BLTs you have ever tasted!
Crisp up some thick-cut bacon. For me, the oven is key to get your bacon, not only super crispy, but also helps to keep its shape. Toast up a few pieces of your favorite bread. Build your sandwich by placing a few pieces of lettuce on the bottom slice. Add two Fried Green Tomatoes. Place a generous amount of crisp bacon on top of the tomatoes. Drizzle on this amazing version of remoulade sauce I found from Buy This, Cook That! ENJOY!