Sunday, October 31, 2010

I'll Get You, My Pretty

I am seeing green. Green tomatoes, that is. I wish that I could cast a spell and have them all ripen and be beautifully red...or maybe, I don't. That would mean that I would have to find yet another way to use the ripe ones...and I am running out of jars for complexion has never been more radiant from the steam of the pots of boiling water (don't you agree? bwahaha!).

So, instead of casting a Halloween spell, I will get a pretty Fried Green Tomato On My Plate. Fake Ginger made an incredibly beautiful Fried Green Tomato BLT. I love BLTs. Who doesn't? It.Is.Bacon. Need I say more? I whipped up this pretty little sandwich for lunch faster than lions, and tigers, and bears, Oh My! (OK, that doesn't make sense, but I love that line from the Wizard of Oz...sorry) There are no flying monkeys when I have a Fried Green Tomato BLT On My Plate.

(adapted from Fake Ginger)

2 large green tomatoes, sliced
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
about 3/4 cup canola oil, for frying

Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat.
Whisk egg and milk together in a bowl. Set aside.
In another bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, Panko, salt, and pepper.
Once oil is heated (test by dropping a morsel of the flour in and see if it sizzles), dip tomato slices one by one in egg and then flour. 
Make sure tomato is fully coated in flour mixture and then place in hot oil. 
Fry 3 or 4 at a time, making sure not to crowd the tomatoes. 
Fry for about 3 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown; flip and cook other side until golden.
Drain on paper towels.

Assemble your favorite BLT using the Fried Green Tomato instead of sliced, ripe tomatoes. 
I love toasted whole wheat or multi-grain bread, but the original recipe used a Kaiser Roll.
I used regular (Hellman's ) mayo, but I think that a pesto-mayo would be divine on this sandwich.
Iceberg is the traditional lettuce of choice for a BLT, but I used Romaine because that is what I always have on hand.
How do you like your bacon? Mine must be thin and crispy. Hubs like his thick and chewy.

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