I picked a bowlful of those hard, pretty little tomatoes and set them on the table. "Fried green tomatoes" started whispering in my head, but I refused to listen - for a while. I never had much luck with fried green tomatoes, but my inner cook kept on and on, so I said "Okay, ONE more try". I googled and came up with a new to me recipe from Southern Living. The grumbling turned into curiosity, and wouldn't you know it? This one was a keeper. I added a few extra things: basil, hot sauce, a little dipping mixture, olive oil for frying since I had no other oil, but kept pretty much to the recipe, as I usually do if it's the first time I've tried it.
Fried Green Tomatoes recipe
I made a very small batch - maybe 10 sliced small green tomatoes, but only fried half of them.
About 2 cups sliced green tomatoes
Set out three shallow bowls.
Drizzle a few tablespoons olive oil into frying pan.
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
a few shakes of hot sauce
Beat together until well blended.
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
pinch or two of dried basil
1/2 cup Hellmann's mayonaise
2 tablespoons hot pepper relish (I used Mezzetta gourmet deli, tamed)
Stir well until blended.
Heat the oil in the frying pan.
Dip each tomato slice first in the flour, then the egg mixture, then the cornmeal, coating both sides of each tomato slice. Messy work, so you may have to wash your hands a few times.
Add to skillet until you can't fit anymore. Keep a sharp eye out, turning them with a fork so they don't burn, until they are all nicely toasted . Remove to a platter, make up the dipping sauce, and serve with a smile!