7.24.2011

Fried green tomatoes (not the movie!)

It always amazes me what "regular" eaters don't realize about their food.

After explaining to people what being vegan meant (you know, the kinds of foods we don't eat and the products we don't use), I'd usually get follow-up questions regarding what we actually DID eat.

Jello? You can't eat jello? What kind of lifestyle is this anyway?

Most of the time people had no idea that the fried delciousness they enjoy is usually made up with a milk and egg batter, things like onion rings, fried pickles and you guessed it - friend green tomatoes.

I think if people realized how easy it was to make fried stuff sans eggs and milk, they'd do it more often because it certainly saves a pretty penny when your batter is water-based.


Fried green tomatoes
(Serves 4)
Ingredients:
4 green tomatoes (SHOCKER!!)
Cornmeal
Wheat flour
All purpose flour
Water
Veg Oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat oil in skillet on medium heat (enough oil to cover the tomatoes, about 1/4 inch deep).
Cut green tomatoes into thin slices.
Grab two bowls, fill one with cold water and in the other add 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup wheat flour and 1 cup all purpose flour (all mixed together)
Take thin tomato slices and dip them in water and then toss them around in the flour mixture (making sure both sides have an even coating).
Quickly dip in the water again, back in the flour (make sure both sides have an even coating) and then place on a clean plate. 
Once all your tomatoes are "battered" head over to the skillet where the oil should be ready to go.
Make sure to set aside another plate with double layers of paper towels on it to help absorb the grease.
Drop the tomatoes into the hot oil and let them cook for 2-3 minutes. 
Take out using a spatula, place on paper-toweled plate and add salt and pepper to taste. (Most prefer an unhealthy amount of salt when it comes to green tomatoes!)

Enjoy, possibly while watching "Fried Green Tomatoes."

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