The first time I ever made Fried Green Tomatoes was years ago after watching the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes". I had seen the movie several times and each time I ended up with a serious craving for this dish. So one afternoon I found green tomatoes at a farm stand, and my husband and I tried our hand at them. They turned out really good! For some reason we haven't made them in years so when I saw some green tomatoes at the store the other day, I had to get some and make this dish for my girls.
Since I can't have dairy anymore, I had to adapt the recipe a bit. I am also running low on eggs since I've been baking a lot this week, so I didn't use those either. That makes this a totally vegan recipe! I didn't really follow a recipe for these, I just used a few methods I've used for breading other foods. They turned out so good and definitely took care of that craving.
(Vegan) Fried Green Tomatoes
Serves 4 as a side or appetizer
- 2 green tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- smoked paprika
- garlic powder
- Canola oil ( for frying)
1.Slice your tomatoes into medium size slices- if they are too thin they will fall apart, too thick and they won't cook right.
2. Put your breading mixture together: the breadcrumbs, corn meal, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. All of these are to taste. I added roughly a teaspoon of the smoked paprika and garlic. You could add more or less.
|I used my hands to mix up the breadcrumbs.|
5 .Dip your tomato slices in the liquid mixture, and then coat with the breadcrumbs.
6. Add your coated tomatoes to the hot oil- you'll know the oil is hot enough when it bubbles as you are adding the tomatoes. Be careful- hot oil spatters!
7. Cook on one side until gold brown. Flip and continue to cook until the other side is browned. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.
Keep an eye on your oil and make sure it doesn't start to get too hot, otherwise it will burn the tomatoes. Add more oil if needed.
We had these with my Italian Chicken. You can dip them in tomato or spaghetti sauce, or just sprinkle with salt and pepper and eat plain. I don't like to add too much to them, I want to taste the tomato and the coating, not the garnish.
My girls really liked them! The love all veggies, but especially if the have been fried! Next time we make these I may add more spice to the bread crumbs since we loved spicy food.
*Special thanks to my husband for taking all the pictures for this post!