Watch Cooking Channel

Fried Green Tomato BLT

Fried Green Tomato BLT

We all know the movie that made them famous, but there’s more to fried green tomatoes than being on the menu at The Whistle Stop Café. It’s pretty clear that us Southerners can fry just about anything, and we always seem to know how to cook up the “unwanted bits.” So why not take a lowly, unripe tomato and make it useful?

What was once considered a humble meal made with pantry ingredients and garden vegetables, the fried green tomato has snowballed into a culinary trend in recent years (starting when the movie came out back in 1991). You can find them on just about every menu down South, from the casual brunch café to restaurants specializing in more high-end cuisine. I recently enjoyed them at a restaurant where they were tempura fried and drizzled with a citrus beurre blanc and swirled with a balsamic reduction. Pretty fancy if you ask me. While they were delicious, I still prefer the classic: just flour and cornmeal, and perhaps a little bacon grease.

Fried Green Tomato BLT

For good measure, I decided to enjoy my latest batch of fried green tomatoes in sandwich form. Who doesn’t love a top-quality BLT? And when you use freshly baked bread, crisp summer lettuce, smoky bacon and homemade black peppercorn mayonnaise? Well, I think you just may have found yourself a bit of Southern paradise.

Fried Green Tomato BLT Recipe With Black Peppercorn Mayonnaise

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 – 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

For the BLT:
8 slices cooked thick-cut bacon, grease reserved
Crisp lettuce
Sliced sandwich bread, toasted if desired
Fried Green Tomatoes (recipe below)
Black Peppercorn Mayonnaise (recipe below)

For the tomatoes:
Peanut oil, for frying
2 pounds unripe, green tomatoes (about 3 medium sized)
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
Hot sauce, to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the black peppercorn mayonnaise:
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup canola oil
Kosher salt
Black pepper

Directions

For the tomatoes: In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 1/2-inch of peanut oil to 350 – 375 degrees F over medium-high heat. It is best to use a fry thermometer to maintain and monitor the correct temperature. Add a few tablespoons of the reserved bacon grease to the oil if you’d like.

Slice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. Add a few dashes of hot sauce to the egg mixture, if desired. In another shallow bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, cornstarch and Old Bay seasoning. Add a generous pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

One at a time, dip a tomato slice into the egg mixture, and then dredge the slice in the cornmeal mixture. Make sure to generously coat all sides. Repeat with a few more slices. Using long tongs, add a couple of dredged tomatoes to the fry pan (depending on the size of the pan) and allow to cook until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Carefully flip one time if necessary. Remove the tomatoes to a sheet pan lined with a large brown paper bag, which will absorb grease without making the tomatoes soggy. Sprinkle the hot tomatoes with kosher salt. Continue frying the additional slices; assemble sandwiches immediately.

For the mayonnaise (which can be made up to two days in advance): In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, cider vinegar and a pinch of salt. Using a hand-held mixer on medium speed, slowly add the canola oil drop by drop until the mixture begins to thicken and lighten (this can take a couple of minutes). After adding about 1/4 cup of the oil, the mixture should be stable and emulsified. You can then add the oil in a slow, steady stream until all of the oil is incorporated. Taste for seasoning. Add salt if necessary and quite a few generous turns of the pepper mill set on the coarsest setting.

For the sandwiches: Slather one slice of bread with the black peppercorn mayonnaise. On the other slice, arrange a layer of lettuce, followed by a couple of fried green tomatoes (or one, if the tomato is very large), and by pieces of bacon (broken in half if necessary). Top the sandwich with the other slice of bread and enjoy immediately.

Fried Green Tomato BLT

More Southern Eats From Nealey

Nealey moved from Alabama to the West Coast to follow her dreams, only to realize once there how much she missed good ol’ country cooking.  So she took to the kitchen and began re-creating the dishes of her past, but this time without any help from a can. What started out as a hobby turned into an obsession, so she quit her day job to pursue cooking, and eating, fulltime. Dixie Caviar is where you can follow her pursuits of all things Southern.

Tags:

Comments (1510)

  1. Baju bayi posted 07/13/2013

    Baju Bayi…

    [...]we came across a Best site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]………

  2. Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine several unrelated data, nonetheless seriously worth taking a search, whoa did a single study about Mid East has got extra problerms too [...]…

  3. social media marketing posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]here are some hyperlinks to internet sites that we link to simply because we think they may be worth visiting[...]…

  4. 2jj399dd posted 07/14/2013

    The Silent Shard…

    This can most likely be really handy for some of your job opportunities I plan to do not only with my weblog but…

  5. datesidor posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]one of our visitors just lately encouraged the following website[...]…

  6. social media marketing posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool internet site which you may appreciate. Take a look for those who want[...]…

  7. Getting pregnant after 40 posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every after inside a though we decide on blogs that we study. Listed beneath are the most current websites that we pick [...]…

  8. social media marketing posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]The facts talked about inside the report are some of the ideal out there [...]…

  9. sklep posted 07/14/2013

    OK…

    Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group? There\’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thanks…

  10. stern kaufen posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]here are some links to web pages that we link to simply because we think they’re really worth visiting[...]…

  11. lose weight in 1 week posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool web site that you may get pleasure from. Take a appear should you want[...]…

  12. sushi catering Somerville ma posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every when in a although we pick blogs that we study. Listed beneath would be the most recent web pages that we select [...]…

  13. Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated data, nevertheless seriously worth taking a appear, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got additional problerms as well [...]…

  14. web hosting posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]very couple of web sites that come about to be in depth beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]…

  15. hnoitbyrdghljbj posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]usually posts some extremely interesting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  16. water ionizer posted 07/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]very couple of web-sites that transpire to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly effectively really worth checking out[...]…

  17. sklep posted 07/14/2013

    OK…

    Hello. magnificent job. I did not imagine this. This is a impressive story. Thanks!…

  18. upfront consultants posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]although websites we backlink to beneath are considerably not connected to ours, we really feel they’re in fact worth a go by way of, so possess a look[...]…

  19. upfront reputations reviews posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine some unrelated data, nonetheless truly worth taking a look, whoa did 1 discover about Mid East has got far more problerms too [...]…

  20. array posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]usually posts some really intriguing stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  21. upfront consultants posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]The data mentioned inside the report are a few of the most beneficial obtainable [...]…

  22. upfront reputations reviews posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool website which you could possibly delight in. Take a look should you want[...]…

  23. consumer advocate services posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every when inside a whilst we opt for blogs that we study. Listed beneath are the most up-to-date web-sites that we opt for [...]…

  24. artificii botez posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I really like but don’t get a lot of link enjoy from[...]…

  25. Matthew Browndorf posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I adore but do not get a whole lot of link love from[...]…

  26. What Is Garcinia Cambogia posted 07/15/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  27. Jerome Keleman posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool web page which you may appreciate. Take a appear should you want[...]…

  28. view posters site here posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every the moment in a though we decide on blogs that we study. Listed beneath would be the most recent web sites that we decide on [...]…

  29. Buy Repins on Pinterest posted 07/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]below you’ll uncover the link to some internet sites that we assume you should visit[...]…

  30. Search Optimization posted 07/16/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool internet site that you simply might get pleasure from. Take a look in case you want[...]…

  31. upfront consultants reviews posted 07/16/2013

    Title…

    [...]check beneath, are some completely unrelated websites to ours, nonetheless, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  32. Baju bayi murah posted 07/16/2013

    Baju Bayi Murah…

    [...]You are the rock i like your article . Nice Man Keep work[...]……

  33. Twitter posted 07/16/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool web page that you could love. Take a look in case you want[...]…

  34. Title…

    [...]just beneath, are numerous absolutely not associated sites to ours, having said that, they’re surely really worth going over[...]…

  35. Real Estate Law Center posted 07/16/2013

    Title…

    [...]just beneath, are several entirely not associated web pages to ours, having said that, they are certainly worth going over[...]…

  36. ken tevis atlanta posted 07/16/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  37. Buy Followers on Google posted 07/16/2013

    Title…

    [...]the time to study or check out the content or internet sites we’ve linked to below the[...]…

  38. click here posted 07/16/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  39. company website posted 07/16/2013

    Title…

    [...]below you will discover the link to some web pages that we assume it is best to visit[...]…

  40. roofing marietta ga posted 07/17/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  41. Title…

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not connected sites to ours, nonetheless, they may be certainly really worth going over[...]…

  42. guarda moveis posted 07/17/2013

    Title…

    [...]one of our visitors lately advised the following website[...]…

  43. tree trimming atlanta posted 07/17/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  44. Web Designer Richmond Va posted 07/17/2013

    Title…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some web-sites that we consider you should visit[...]…

  45. dr kayihan günay posted 07/17/2013

    Title…

    [...]we like to honor numerous other net internet sites around the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages worth checking out[...]…

  46. driving lessons dublin posted 07/18/2013

    Title…

    [...]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[...]…

  47. Perlengkapan Bayi Murah posted 07/18/2013

    Perlengkapan Bayi Murah…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]………

  48. Perlengkapan Bayi Murah posted 07/18/2013

    Perlengkapan Bayi Murah…

    [...]we came across a FUn site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]………

  49. tree service roswell ga posted 07/18/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]……

  50. Full Article posted 07/18/2013

    Title…

    [...]although web sites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we really feel they may be essentially really worth a go as a result of, so have a look[...]…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c