Fried Green Tomatoes

July 12, 2011
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

My niece recently posted on her facebook page that she ‘loves fried green tomatoes!’  I was curious whether she was referring to the movie or the dish…she replied that she was watching the movie, but loves the dish as well.

The conversation put fried green tomatoes on my mind. I don’t think I’ve had them since I left Meriwether’s Restaurant, where I think we did an amazing job with them. They were cornmeal crusted and served with pesto cream sauce and roasted red pepper coulis. Though I’ve had them with different sauces (rémoulade is great!), this combo is my favorite.

All this reminiscing made me want some…so I decided 4th of July celebration dinner would be a perfect opportunity. My sister brought two beautiful organic green tomatoes from her garden, which I breaded with Panko (Japanese bread crumbs). I like using Panko because of the awesome crunch factor.

Sis brought some garden basil with her as well, so we whipped up a little pesto to top the tomatoes (trying to keep them a little bit lighter and just did pesto vs. pesto cream). I didn’t really want to deal with the hassle of making a coulis, so I just roasted a couple fresh red peppers and layered them on the platter with the tomatoes and some of the fresh basil leaves.

I’ve had my fix…but wouldn’t mind another soon. Maybe I can whip up a batch next time the movie is on..

Photo credit: beckayork on Flickr

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