Skip to main content

Fried Green Tomatoes

Have you seen that movie? That's where I grew up! In the very community Fannie Flagg wrote about in her award winning novel which was turned into an award winning movie. The food of the South featured throughout that story are not only the foods that define my childhood but they are flavors that should cause everyone to celebrate! I still can't go more than a few days without some grits for breakfast or some spicy collards greens and sweet cornbread for dinner (Sunday dinners ain't just for Sundays in my house). Down South we'll fry anything; corn, zucchini, squash, okra, dill pickles, snickers candy bars, green tomatoes; you name it, we'll fry it!

CAUTION : The following is off-subject:
I just recently discovered that our Saturday market has a mother-daughter team from Georgia that sells sweet tea and boiled peanuts (they have the green goobers overnighted)...I can't wait to get up Saturday and get mine!

It's baffling to me when people ask "What is a grit?" or "Yuck! You fry that?" The only way to convert them is to cook the food and send their taste buds a-whirl; much like convincing people vegan food can be delicious! 

I did just that this past Monday!

Every Monday night I go to a knitting circle; we sit on Kathy's, my instructor and friend, back porch. We drink peach tea and eat snacks while we knit and chat about recent events. Recently, I came across two beautiful green tomatoes and decided that I would put all previous negative inquiries about Southern AND vegan food to rest (two birds, one stone. Right?!). 

 

Here's what I did...

What You'll Need:
2 Large Green Tomatoes
1 Cup of Cornmeal (I used white cause it's hard to find here. So, when I do find some I snatch it up.)
1 Cup of Flour
3 Tablespoons of Plain Soy Milk
Egg Replacer equivalent to 2 eggs (I use Ener-G Egg Replacer; It's FAB!)
Enough EVOO to cover a half a slice of tomato in the pan
Hot Sauce to your liking
Salt

What You'll Do:
1) Heat oil over med-high heat
2) Combine cornmeal and flour in something you can easily move the tomatoes around in (I use a pie plate) and in a similar but separate dish combine egg replacer and soy milk.
3) Slice the tomatoes, much like you would for a sandwich (I like mine pretty thick) and sprinkle with hot sauce.
4) Once the oil is hot dip the slice of tomato in the milk mixture and immediately coat with the cornmeal mixture on both sides. Immediately drop in oil and fry until golden brown on both sides.

The key to a fabulous fried dish is to never salt before the oil and immediately salt after it comes out of the pan.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Swimming Rama

Happy MoFo! I'm excited to be back on my newly revamped, but same old same, mediocre blog for Vegan MoFo 2018. Last year I participated but I participated exclusively on the gram (you can follow me if you feel like it). While I loved the daily prompts, I totally missed sharing the recipes; so I'm glad to be back. 
Quick explanation about the name change (in case you noticed):In previous years, this blog participated in Vegan MoFo as "Vegan4One." There were a lot of reasons why I felt the need to change my blog name but ultimately the main reason was that my recipes were no longer 4One and I found the name misleading to readers. When I originally started this blog back in September of 2009, I was cooking vegan for one person but so much has happened over the years (as it should) and to make that long story short, I'm cooking for more like 6 folks now (2 grown men, 1 teenage boy, myself, and an extra serving for my lunch the next day). 
Back to Vegan MoFo:I'll be…

Savory Taco Pancakes

Below is an actual text I sent to my partner and son, but first some context: I practice Intermittent Fasting every day, so breakfast doesn't get served until noon or later daily - thus it's not really referred to as breakfast. We usually refer to it as "first meal" and sometimes brunch. My kid and partner can't really handle the late first meal on the weekends, but they deal surprisingly well. While I was making first meal today, my son was snacking on leftover cold pizza from yesterday and my partner was chugging a blueberry protein shake. So what does this have to do with the above referenced text? Well when they grew tired of waiting on me to finish putting together this dish, they decided to run down to our closest music store and grab some new guitar strings. Almost immediately after their departure, I had completed today's first meal and let me tell you I feel like a completed a masterpiece. So here's the text I sent in a group message as the van w…

Fysh and Chips

Look a lot of people are dependent on salt to enhance the flavor of their food but here's the deal - too much salt (like anything else) is not awesome for your body, or your head, or your brain, or your mind (claps for anyone who can guess what movie that loose quote is from). I could go in to a long lecture-speech on the effects of eating too much salt but y'all ain't here for that and google is free. 
When you're ready to reduce your salt intake look for other flavor enhancers to make your meal's best attributes (a.k.a. flavors) P O P ! Like adding a squeeze or two of fresh lemon or lime juice, or your fave type of vinegar if you don't have any fresh lemon or limes; you really can't go wrong with adding fresh minced garlic, ginger, green onions, cilantro, basil, jalapeños, like literally any fresh strong flavor will do the trick and do it salt-free. In those times of desperate need get you a lil pump spray bottle and fill it with Braggs Liquid Aminos or co…