Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fried Green Tomatoes and Green Tomato Bread

My dad loves tomatoes. He grows a ton of them in his garden, so when this time of year comes along he is stuck with enough green tomatoes to feed an army. He asked me to help him figure out what to do with them and I remembered a Green Tomato Bread that I made last year about this same time. If you think it sounds wierd, don't. It is a quick bread, like banana bread and is quite delicious. It has no tomato flavor. I just used a recipe I found on line and changed out some of the flour with whole wheat, used half of the oil called for and changed it to canola, used applesauce, and halved the amount of pecans. It was good!
Then I thought Fried Green Tomatoes would be fun. I went with Southern Living's recipe because some things just shouldn't be lightened :) So, if you eat just one, you don't have to worry. The recipe yield 10 fried green tomatoes.
If you have any green tomatoes you need to try and use, give these recipes a try!

Fried Green Tomatoes from Southern Living
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 medium-size green tomatoes, cut into 1/3-inch slices
Vegetable oil
Salt to taste
Combine egg and buttermilk; set aside.Combine 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl or pan.Dredge tomato slices in remaining 1/4 cup flour; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in cornmeal mixture.Pour oil to a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch in a large cast-iron skillet; heat to 375°. Drop tomatoes, in batches, into hot oil, and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels or a rack. Sprinkle hot tomatoes with salt.

Green Tomato Bread adapted from Recipe Goldmine
3 cups all-purpose flour ( I used 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups finely chopped or ground green tomatoes- about 2 medium
1 cup chopped pecans
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans.Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.Combine eggs, oil and vanilla extract; stir well. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Fold in tomato and pecans. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center of bread comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack.

Coming Tomorrow- Operation Baking GALS Roundup- For real this time!


Jersey Girl Cooks said...

They both look delicious! I never would have thought you could make a quick bread with green tomatoes.

Kelley said...

Your fried green tomatoes look better than the ones I tried to make a few years ago. How did they taste? Ours were really sour. Is that normal?

Emily said...

Mary Ann what a great use of green tom's! My hubby would love me forever if I made this!

Chef Jeena said...

I love these recipes they look so so good and just what I could imagine on my plate.

I love your new look it is really fantastic! :-)

Kim said...

I haven't looked at your food blog for a little while, wow it looks so cute, I love the header and the cute side borders. Great job and the food of course looks amazing, I can't believe how well you eat.