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Fried Green Tomatoes with Crème Fraîche Drizzle

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Fried Green Tomatoes is a classic old American recipe. It is amazing how tasty they are. My grandmother would make a white pepper gravy for them and just flour and egg breading. I make Fried Green Tomatoes in the Summer using corn meal for crispness, white pepper for zip, and usually a Crème Fraîche and chive drizzle.
  All purpose flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Freshly ground pepper To Taste
  Eggs 2 Large, beaten
  Bread crumbs 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (plain dry)
  Cornmeal 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Grated parmesan cheese 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (freshly grated)
  Green tomatoes 1 Pound, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  White pepper To Taste
  Creme fraiche 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (with chopped chives for serving)

In a medium bowl, season the flour with salt and pepper. Put the eggs in another medium bowl and toss the bread crumbs and grated Parmesan in a third bowl. Dredge the tomato slices in the flour/cornmeal/bread crumbs/white pepper mixture, then coat them in the egg, letting any excess drip back into the bowl. Coat in the bread crumbs, pressing to help them adhere.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the breaded tomatoes in a single layer and cook them over moderately high heat, turning once, until deeply golden and crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the tomato slices to paper towel—lined plates. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately with Crème fraîche drizzle and a basil sprig, nice with a few of the basil flowers and tender leaves.

Variations: Instead of white pepper use Old Bay Seasoning.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Everyday, Kids
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes
When firm, tart green tomatoes are coated in breading and Parmesan cheese then pan-fried, they become amazingly crispy on the outside, and warm and juicy on the inside. This is a great way to use end of the season tomatoes you pick before frost.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 349 Calories from Fat 246

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 27 g41.2%

Saturated Fat 3.1 g15.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 76.6 mg25.5%

Sodium 224.1 mg9.3%

Total Carbohydrates 18 g6.1%

Dietary Fiber 1.8 g7.1%

Sugars 3.4 g

Protein 8 g16.1%

Vitamin A 12% Vitamin C 29.6%

Calcium 10.2% Iron 8.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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Fried Green Tomatoes With Crème Fraîche Drizzle Recipe