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Fried Green Tomatoes

RECIPE – Fried Green Tomatoes
The Vegetarian Librarian, “…a personal and family favorite.”

A couple of firm, totally green tomatoes
2/3 c. flour (All Purpose or AP+ wheat mix)
3 tbs. cornmeal
Salt & Pepper
You can add garlic powder, cayenne or whatever spice you like to the mix!
Canola for frying medium (a lot)

Mix up the flour, cornmeal, s+p and spices with a fork or the tool from the video. This is your Yankee batter.

Cut green tomatoes in less than 1/4″ slices. If they’re too thick, they won’t cook all the way through.

Dip both sides in batter. If you press down a little bit it will stick to the tomatoes without eggs or milk. Tap off excess batter.

Heat enough canola oil in a heavy bottomed skillet or fry pan so that the tomatoes will not rest on the bottom. In the webisode I used a little less than an inch.

Test after a few minutes by sprinkling a little bit of batter into the oil. If the batter sizzles intensely, then the oil’s ready. If it’s not hot enough, then the tomatoes will soak up too much oil and will end up greasy not crispy.

Place your tomatoes into the oil one at a time until there is a single tomato slice layer across the top of the oil. Careful! Wear an apron–the oil will get a little wild.

Turn the tomatoes as needed with that tool from the video or a fork until both sides of the tomato are golden brown on the edges. This will take about five minutes.

Remove from the oil and place on a plate with paper towels or wire rack with paper towel under it to drain. Salt while still hot.

Repeat until you’ve fried all of your green tomatoes. Eat ’em while they’re hot!


Where can I get ’em?

If you’re lucky enough to have tomato plants at your disposal, just pick green tomatoes before they start to ripen on the vine. Otherwise, many farmers markets sell them. I’ve even seen them in grocery stores this year.

What about the movie?
A heartwarming (ie tearjerking) tale from 1991 of womanly empowerment inspiring generations. The movie centers around a restaurant called the Whistle Stop Cafe that specializes in fried green tomatoes. Watch the trailer on YouTube. The movie is based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.

What should I eat them with?

Anything goes! They are supergood as sandwiches and with any kind of potatoes or greens.

What’s Booyah the cat reading?
21 Stories by Graham Greene…”Tales of innocence and corruption by the brilliant author of The Commedians.” (1949)

How do I make the other stuff on the webisode?
See the recipes below.


Cut Greens and stems off at the base of the beet, set aside.
Scrub beet under cold water.
Place in pot, cover with water.
Boil until fork-tender.
Drain and run under cold water. Slide off the skin of the beet.
Cool, slice and serve with salt and pepper.
Garlic and olive oil make a nice addition, but it’s not necessary.

Beet greens

Cut off the stems from the leaves. Wash carefully, chop finely.
Wash leaves carefully, tear into large pieces.
Cook stems in fry pan or pot with a little oil and a 1/4 cup of water covered on a medium heat. Stirring occassionally for about three minutes.
Add leaves cover for a minute or until leaves have softened up.
Add salt and pepper.

Mashed Potatoes

Peel (or just scrub and leave the skins on for extra fiber and nutrients).
Cut into chunks and rinse to remove some of the starch.
Cover with cold water and boil until fork-tender. Add salt while potatoes are cooking.
Drain. Add butter, a little milk, pepper, garlic if you like.
Mash IT!
Eat IT!

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