If you have never had fried green tomatoes....you are in for a real treat! This very popular, traditional, Southern dish, with it's crunchy crust and tender insides, goes well with any meat, seafood, vegetables or as a stand alone appetizer. They are so famous they even had a movie named after them (Fried Green Tomatoes).
This yummy dish is very easy to make. The only skill required is to know how long to cook them. Our recipe provides a suggested cook time but the cook time will vary according to the thickness of the cut tomatoes and heat of your stove. Under cooked, they will be soft and mushy thru out. Over cooked, they will have a bitter, burnt flavor. Our preference is to cook until they have a slight burnt color. If you are in doubt we feel over cooked is better than under cooked.
Another important step is the thickness of the slices. Thicker slices will have more soft insides while thin cuts will be crisp all the way through. If you are unsure about the thickness, make a couple of test cuts...one thin and one thicker. Then cook these two and decide the thickness you prefer.
Unfortunately, we have never seen green tomatoes in a grocery store. So where do you get green tomatoes? From your garden of course. Don't have a garden? Get friendly with a neighbor that does. Practically all gardeners grow tomatoes. And they tend to grow more than they can possibly eat or preserve. So, most gardeners are happy to give away a few. You may also find them in a farmer's market if one is near you. So, that leaves you with a choice of your garden, your neighbor's garden or a farmer's market.
If you do not have a garden, and have the space for one, tomatoes are easy to grow. Just one productive plant can provide many fried green tomato meals. One tomato plant can be grown in a relatively small space, even in pots on an apartment patio.