Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried green tomatoes are a popular Southern dish. They can be served as an appetizer, a side dish, and believe it or not as a sandwich. They are so quick and easy that I often just eat them by themselves as a meal. However it doesn’t matter how you eat them just that you eat them.

Servings: 4-6
Time: Prep-10 minutes, Cook-4 minutes
Hardware: Cutting board and knives, measuring spoons, two bowls, a fork, a heavy skillet, a plate, a paper towel

  • 2 pieces of bacon
  • 2 large green tomatoes
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup corn meal
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oil for frying
  • Feta cheese, balsamic glaze

When you crunch into these you'll believe you're down home!

  1. Fry the bacon in the skillet to render the fat. (Eat the bacon or save it for another dish.)
  2. Wash the tomatoes and slice them about ¼ inch thick. Discard the ends.
  3. Mix the flour, corn meal, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in one bowl.
  4. Beat the egg in the other bowl. Stir in the buttermilk.
  5. Cover the plate in the paper towel.
  6. Heat the oil and the bacon fat over medium heat.
  7. Dredge the tomatoes in the flour mixture and shake off the excess, then dip them in the milk wash, and dredge them in the flour again.
  8. Place the tomatoes in the hot oil without allowing them to touch. Fry them until they are golden brown and then flip them. This should take about 2 minutes. When they are golden brown on the second side (another 2 minutes) remove them to the plate to drain on the paper towel.

Serve them warm, sprinkled with feta cheese, and drizzled with balsamic glaze.

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