A little technique goes a long way
Such a loving, wise, accurate tribute to cooking for ourselves, using everything--and fried green tomatoes.
Sadly, my tomatoes did poorly. this year, so no green tomatoes. I usually make green tomato chutney (the Brit option), but thanks to two decades in Georgia, I'm a great fan of Fried Green Tomatoes-- the movie and the dish! I've had fgt at the cafe in the almost-ghost town of Juliette, GA that was created for the movie set and really is a restaurant now. It's a wonderful place to visit for fans of the film, and fans of fried green tomatoes! Thank you for the recipes, Anne, because I really need to make fgt myself!
Pan fried, definitely!
That stack! 😋
I’ve made them a few times and served them with remoulade. I’m curious to try them soaked in buttermilk and fried in butter (if you’re going for it why not all the way…lol). I love them and definitely order them from a menu when with friends from out of town so they can experience their goodness.
Peppering this post with the old cookbook snapshots--genius move!
I love to eat them, but I don't fry them.
I'm quite nervous about frying, and hate the cleanup + smell — but sometimes it's worth it, and I'm super tempted to give this recipe a try because I always jump at the chance to order fried green tomatoes when we're dining out. Plus, I live in an area where it's simply too hot during the summer for successful tomatoes, so we end up with two shorter growing seasons, which means we also end up with plenty of green tomatoes to go around.
I had such a weird tomato year. They were abundant in spurts. But I have plenty of green tomatoes now and, as I live in the Atlanta area and the days and evenings are getting cooler, I will take them off the vine and place them on the windowsill. I'm not a tomato fryer but I have a great appreciation for those who do it well.
My dear Granny who lived in Delaware, made the best fried tomatoes I ever et. (Yes, I said et.) In my memory, the tomatoes weren't green, but very firm red tomatoes. I think she must've learned how to make this dish for her Tennessee-raised husband. I remember being skeptical but I tried it because bacon grease was involved and who can resist that? It was so delicious. Though the breakfast in question occurred about 58 years ago, I remember the taste and texture. I gobbled it up and even asked for seconds. I've thought about frying tomatoes but have no desire to ruin this perfect memory.
Loved this Anne. I also remember loving Fried Green Tomatoes, the movie. I gave you a shout-out in my pocket this morning. https://pocketfulofprose.substack.com/p/your-story-is-sacred