Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes

Where would I be without home grown tomatoes?  One great thing about life in the Deep South is the long growing season.  In fact, it's year round.  Well, until a freeze comes along and turns my tomatoes to mush.

Tomatoes are growing like crazy, harvesting continues apace in the cool January weather, until the weatherman predicts a freeze.  I could cover and coddle them, hoping they'll pull through.  But I'm not that kind of gardener -- any plant of mine needs to make it on its own.  So I rush out and pick everything off the vines.

Some I put into paper bags on the counter to ripen slowly over the next days and weeks.  But the rest are cooked immediately.  I slice them, sprinkle with salt and pepper, dip in an egg wash, then in seasoned cornmeal and fry them on medium-high.

My husband, just arriving home, steals a few crispy slices and eats them right up -- so hot they burn his tongue!  He says the delicious fragrance that hits him as he comes in the front door compels him and any collateral damage is totally worth it.

Fried green tomatoes is one of the joys of winter in the South.


  1. I love fried green tomatoes! Seems like up here in MA it's hard enough just to get a decent red tomato. :-( Ah well can't have it all. lol

  2. Up North, tomatoes are out of season and you're out of luck :( Same problem with supermarket tomatoes down here.

    But you get to enjoy real snow!

  3. And I always thought fried green tomatoes was the name of a movie?
    I learned something new today :-)

    God bless and have a great week :-)


  4. The movie was named after the fine southern delicacy. Maybe one day you'll come down south and try it. You have a wonderful week too.

  5. I never tried it before, but hey, I'm not dead yet. I'll have to add this to my list.

    Ha ha, your hubby is a riot...

  6. Howdy
    Thank you for dropping in on my blog today :)
    I am so happy you did !
    Oh my gosh your post just blessed my socks off with joy.
    You see I was outside this afternoon saying goodbye to my last tomato that survived the freezing overnight temps. we've been getting.
    I was all down in the dumps until I read your post and realized I'll be putting out new plants in no time at all :) Yippee !!!!!!!
    Thank you for the reminder .
    Have a great rest of the week .
    Until next time
    Happy Trails


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