If you are from the South chances are you have tried Fried Green Tomatoes at least once. Fried green tomatoes make for an awesome appetizer or a great side dish. I prefer them as a replacement for a regular tomato on a BLT.
They add an extra layer of crunch to the sandwich and pair perfectly with the salty, smokey bacon. Yeah, I know there is no lettuce on that sandwich but seriously, what does lettuce add to the sandwich?
Instead of regular mayo I use a very simple remoulade AKA spicy mayonnaise. I just mix about a tablespoon of hot sauce in a cup of mayonnaise and a squirt of ketchup. You can get as fancy as you want with lemon juice, parsley, garlic, or whatever else you want to add but for me simple is better.
So how do fried green tomatoes fit on a site that is all about meat? For these fried green tomatoes I wanted to add a bit more flavor so I used some beef tallow to fry them. Beef tallow adds a nice, subtle flavor to the tomatoes vs. regular vegetable or peanut oil. It isn’t like eating a tomato flavored steak or anything but the tallow does add a bit of extra punch to the flavor.
I realize most people don’t have any beef tallow lying around but if you do try frying with it and see how it improves pretty much any deep fried dish. Canola, vegetable, or peanut oil will also work just fine if that is what you have.
Some recipes out there will just have you coat the tomatoes with corn meal and then fry but I think the flour layer underneath helps with the texture and also helps the breading stick to the tomatoes a bit better. The buttermilk and egg also adds a nice tang and some good crunch overall.
Salting the tomatoes about 15 minutes before cooking helps pull out a bit of the moisture so don’t skip this step. Too much moisture will make your tomatoes a bit mushy. Also keep the slices thin.