Monday, April 26, 2010

Yummies: Fried Green Tomatoes- Two for One

Alright, pay very close attention.

What do you get when you mix beautiful not-quite ripe green tomatoes with a little cornmeal and flour?

Well, surprisingly enough it is exactly the same thing you get when you mix four super talented and amazing actresses with a heart-breaking but inspiring story line...

And that, is 100% Fried Green Tomatoes deliciousness.

We heart the movie so much, it goes down in the movie hall of fame in the category we call, "Southern Belle classics that make us cry every-damn-time."

This includes;
Steel Magnolias
Terms of Endearment

Anyway, back to the subject, we have loved this movie for so many years... That when we saw the delicious VEGAN recipe on one of our favorite food sites Vegan Yum Yum, we instantly thought about Idgie & Ruth and the Whistle Stop Cafe.

Here is the recipe for these beautiful green tomatoes.
Why not make up a batch and have your best friend over to share them with you? You guys can watch this old movie and appreciate each-other even more.

Fried Green Tomatoes
Makes about 20 slices

4 Large, Under Ripe Green Tomatoes
Oil, for frying (peanut or canola)
Baby Greens, for serving
Cherry Tomatoes, for decoration
Balsamic Reduction (
see recipe)

Breading Dry Mix
2 Cups Corn Flour/Meal
1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 Tbs plus 1 tsp Salt
1 Tbs Dried Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

Breading Wet Mix
1 Tbs Ener-G Egg Replacer Powder
3 Tbs Boiling Water
1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Milk

Core the green tomatoes and slice in to 1/2″ slices. If desired, season each side lightly with salt and pepper.

Lay tomato slices on paper towels and pat dry.

Mix together the dry seasoning mix and set aside.

Combine the boiling water and egg replacer powder and whisk until thick and foamy. Add to a separate large bowl. Whisk in the non-dairy milk until thick and frothy. Set aside. You should now have two bowls, one with the dry breading mix and one with the wet.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet until hot but not smoking with 1/4 to 1/2″ of oil in the bottom.

Dredge the tomato slices, four at a time, in the wet batter mix. Then place them into the bowl with the dry batter mix, pressing to make sure it sticks. Fry four at a time for 3 minutes a side, or until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Stack the fried green tomatoes on baby greens with sliced cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with balsamic reduction. Serve warm, while breading is still crispy.

Oh Vegan Yum Yum, we are so happy we found you... Thank you for inspiring us to remember a movie that touched our hearts all those years ago.

You never know where you will find your inspiration, so keep your eyes peeled and never stop looking.

XOXO- Things-We-Heart

1 comment:

lamb83 said...

Aww,I LOVE that movie!! It was just on TV a few weeks ago,and I enjoyed watching it again so much. Thanks for the recipes :)