We were wandering through the produce section of our local grocery store and my kids happened to find some green tomatoes. At first the kiddos asked if they were apples, but I explained they were just tomatoes that hadn’t turned red yet. Madison thought they couldn’t be eaten yet, but I had her grab three so I could show her exactly what to do with these unripe tomatoes.
Home we went with our groceries in tow. I was also planning on making a wonderful recipe by the amazing Mississippi Vegan for Garden Rolls. I’ll leave the link to that recipe here. I basically was going the route of a good ole fashioned Southern supper.
I remember when I was young, I was quite picky. My Grandma Ellen wouldn’t have any of that though. She handed me a round, browned, piece of food and I asked her, “What is this?” To which she replied, “Try it first and then I’ll tell you what’s in it.” Of course, I loved it and I still remember that tangy, crispy disk of deliciousness. I’ve always carried that soft little push to try new things and it’s in her honor that I do my best to try everything (as long as it won’t kill me). It’s also why I named this recipe after her. As soon as these came out of the pan I was instantly transported back to my childhood.
In the coming months I am hoping to share more family inspired recipes. Dishes that truly mean something to me from my life and I hope you enjoy them. While some of these family members are no longer with us on this Earth, I do feel like their spirits live on with the recipes they left us.
Grandma Ellen's Fried Green Tomatoes
- 3 Green Tomatoes
- 1/2 Cup Just Caesar Dressing
- 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour (Sub for Rice Flour if you are gluten free.)
- 1/2 Cup of Panko (You can use Rice Panko or Gluten Free Panko.)
- Core your tomato and slice in rounds about a quarter of an inch to a half inch thick depending on your taste. If they’re too think they’ll fall apart.
- Dip each slice into the Just Caesar Dressing to substitute for egg wash. This gives a lot of great flavor.
- Dust in the all purpose flour then back into the Just Caesar Dressing.
- Cover with Panko Bread Crumbs.
- Fry in a skillet with about an inch of oil. Wait until it is hot before putting the tomatoes in. If it doesn’t sizzle when you add it, it isn’t hot enough.
- Cook until golden brown on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
- Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate or platter to absorb excess oil.