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Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese Basil Dipping Sauce

A short while back I dropped a truly Southern dish of Stewed Tomatoes and Okra onto the blog.  While chatting up a windstorm about my new fangled Southern self, I mentioned an upcoming Fried Green Tomato recipe.  Well get ready, because Southern cooking has never tasted better than these charmers right here.

Ever since attending the Food Blog Forum Conference back in September where I was served a Fried Green Tomato Slider that officially knocked my Northern rooted socks off, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at the little buggers.  The other day while perusing through the spoils of my local farm stand, I finally stumbled upon the fruit that eluded me up to that point in my paltry culinary life – Green Tomatoes.    I promptly snatched up two of the juicy unripe beauties and brought them home.

I proceeded to post a few options for how to cook them up on my facebook page. I had planned to either emulate the slider I so adored or attempt a fried green tomato BLT.  However, one post caught my eye from a reader who said that she liked her fried green tomatoes with a side of, well, fried green tomatoes.  Plain and simple.  And why not.  These show stoppers really don’t need any dressing up.  They’re perfect just as they are.  Serve them with the suggested sauce, or, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous, slide them between two slices of bread and create your very own Southern sandwich masterpiece.

Start out by slicing up a couple decent sized green tomatoes.  You’ll want your slices to be about 3/4″ thick.  This way they’ll cook up slightly firm without getting too mushy from the hot oil.

Next up, you’ll want to grab three bowls.  Fill one with a mixture of panko, corn meal, cajun spice, salt and pepper.  Whisk some eggs into the second and add a little flour to the third.

And…. you know the drill.  Dip first in the flour, then the egg, and finally the corn meal mixture.  Place into a pan filled with a little hot oil and cook ’em up.

Once cooked through, pull them out and allow them to drain on a paper towel for a minute or two.

For the sauce, grab up a bowl and add to it a little goat cheese, sour cream, basil, lemon juice, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper.  Yum, yum, and YUM.

Mix it up well and serve along side your finished tomatoes.

And there you have it.  Fried green tomatoes served up just as mama intended.  Plain, simple, delicious.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Total Time: 30 min

Ingredients:

For the Tomatoes:

2-3 Green Tomatoes, Sliced (about 10 3/4" slices)
Vegetable Oil for Frying
3/4 Cup Corn Meal
3/4 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1 Tbsp Cajun Spice
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Flour

For the Sauce:

4 Oz. Goat Cheese
3/4 Cup Sour Cream
5 Basil Leaves, Chopped
1/2 Lemon, Juiced
10-12 Drops Hot Pepper Sauce
1/4 tsp Salt

Directions:

Slice up the tomatoes into 3/4" rounds.

Grab up three medium sized bowls.

In the first bowl combine the corn meal, panko, cajun, salt, and pepper.

In the second bowl whisk up the eggs.

In the third bowl add the flour.

Fill a large frying pan with about 1/2" of oil and turn the heat up to medium high.

Dip the tomato slices in the flour, then the egg, and finally in the corn meal mixture.

Drop them into the heated oil and cook them for about 2 minutes each, flipping once halfway through.

Pull out and allow to drain on a paper towel.

To make the sauce, mix together the goat cheese, sour cream, chopped basil, lemon juice, pepper sauce, and salt.

Serve a dollop of dipping sauce along side the tomatoes.