Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Tomato Reverie Actualized


Who doesn't love tomato harvest time when the spring dreams of home grown tomatoes become reality? We are inundated with tomatoes of all colors and sizes. Last night's dinner included green fried tomatoes, which I actually prefer if the tomato has a touch of pink. They were magnificent.

As the "home chef", I have a minimalist approach to cooking. I like the fresh flavors of the food to stand out. Therefore, my green fried tomato recipe is not the traditional batter-based recipe. This lighter flouring lets the flavor of the tomato shine though and lightens the recipe as the flour does not absorb as much oil as traditional batters do. You must be mindful during the turning process to use the spatula carefully to make sure you do not leave behind the golden crispiness.

Green Fried Tomatoes (For one or two)
1 large Tomato (green with a touch of pink)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons oil (vegetable or olive)
1 tablspoon butter

Slice tomato. Mix flour, salt and pepper on a flat plate. Dredge both sides of the tomato in the flour mixture. Pat flour in place to make sure if is adhering to the tomato.

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 tablesoon of butter in a large non-stick pan. Carefully place in hot oil. Brown on first side. Turn carefully and add the remaining oil and butter, as needed, to brown the second side.

Serve and enjoy!

4 comments:

Parsec said...

Ooh, that recipe really sounds delicious! I would like to try it, but I only have a few tomatoes, and they are almost ripe.

Your photo of the tomatoes is nice...so colorful.

I may pick up some big tomatoes from the farmers market this weekend to make stuffed tomatoes.

Have you ever made those?

earlysnowdrop said...

I made stuffed tomatoes as a teenager...a million years ago. I haven't triend them since. With my bounty, I think I will try again.

Peggy said...

Wow! I stumbled onto your site while checking out pineapple sage plants. I have grown beautiful tomatoes this year also, largely because my sister, who is an artist did a summer art installation centered around tomatoes. While at the closing, we sited what we think is a black chinned hummingbird feeding on a pineapple sage plant. It's cool because I live in Pgh, PA!! Our local avairy, said sometimes your native bird is in our area as a vagrant. My sister wants to travel to CA, and the southwest next year as part of her artist calling. How cool is stumbled upon your page. Thanks for the nice pix and thoughts. Nice site!!

earlysnowdrop said...

Thanks Peggy. I had read that as part of the interest in gardening, artists were installing veggies as art works. Awesome.

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