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My garden runneth over with non-ripe vegetables. And sadly, the warm summer growing days are over. We have had frost a couple of nights now and so I was forced to pick everything.
Remember the movie Fried Green Tomatoes? I love that movie. If I had to rank my most favorite movies of all time it would be at the top of the list. Along with the Princess Bride and the Wizard of Oz. I am sure that there are others that I just can’t even think of right now.
The movie was what first introduced me to fried green tomatoes. Before that green tomatoes were something that sat on your windowsill until they turned red or rotted.
You will need:
3-4 green tomatoes
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 tsp salt & pepper
milk (I only had half-n-half and figured why not! What’s a few more calories.)
Slice up your tomatoes.
Mix together flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper. Add enough milk to create a thick batter.
Heat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet.
Batter each tomato slice.
Carefully place in hot oil, brown on both sides.
Drain the tomatoes on a paper towel.
What did my kids have to say about these?
My 7 yr old: If you made these for dinner, I would put myself to bed hungry.
My 13 yr old: Um, they are okay. I mean I don’t think that you should make more or anything. But, you know, they are okay. I guess.
3 yr old: This is di-cuting. I don’t wike cooked up fings. I don’t wike gween fings.
5 yr old: The bread part tastes good, Mom. But I am full.
12 yr old: yeah, I don’t think I want to taste one right now. Maybe later.
11 yr old: Or, you know, never.
Just keeping it real for you. Clearly we are not Southerners.
But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make these for your family. What else are you going to do with your bushel of green tomatoes? Then later on tonight when you serve your kids dino shaped chicken nuggets you can feel good that you at least offered them vegetables today.
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