Fried Green Tomatoes

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I grew up in a small community in East Texas and from as far back as I can remember, I could taste the fried green tomatoes hot from the frying pan as soon as I saw the first blooms on the plants. I could hardly wait until the tomatoes were big enough for my Daddy to harvest and bring into the house for my Mother to fry for dinner. There is nothing better than the distinctive tart and tangy taste of fried green tomatoes.

There are many recipes on the Internet for this delicious side dish or appetizer of fried green tomatoes, but in my opinion none as tasty as the way my Mother would prepare them way back then. This recipe is very simple, and I will share it with you all today.

You will need 2 or three green tomatoes, the number depends on how many people you are feeding, each tomato will make approximately 6 slices and each person will eat as many as they are able to get their hands on!

You will also need 2 eggs(slightly beaten) and about 1 cup of seasoned flour and vegetable oil for frying, although to be authentic you should use lard, but with todays health concerns with cholesterol, vegetable oil is a healthier alternative.

First you slice your green tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices and pat dry. season your flour with about 1 teaspoon of salt(I use sea salt) and 1 teaspoon pepper(more or less, depending on your personal taste). Heat your cooking oil to 350 degrees in a heavy cast iron skillet. A regular fry pan will work, I just prefer the iron skillet.

Then you want to dip your tomato slices in the slightly beaten egg, and dredge in the seasoned flour.
Place the floured tomato slices into your hot cooking oil in the skillet and fry for about 3 minutes, then flip each slice over and fry for an additional 3 minutes on the other side, until the tomatoes are a beautiful golden brown. You can tell when they are done to perfection by the color. The bright green will turn to a more mellow yellowish green tint. Remove from the frying pan and place on plate lined with a few paper towels to catch the excess oil that drains from the tomatoes.

These fried green tomatoes taste wonderful alone or you might like to try them dipped in Ranch dressing. Either way this southern dish of fried green tomatoes are lip smacking good.

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