I came home from my fantastic weekend alone to a clean house and 100 pounds of green tomatoes. Apparently the family helped some friends tear down the green house and thought I wanted ALL the green tomatoes. Now we do have a freezer full of red salmon just begging for green tomato relish so there goes a gallon of them. Plus fried green tomatoes but as for the rest I'm researching. I've ruled out green tomato marmalade because it was gaggy gross last year so if you have any non-sweet green tomato recipes I should try let me know. I know I won't be able to use all of them but I'd hate to give my chickens so many tomatoes when I could be eating them.
Every single year I make fried green tomatoes and every year they are greasy and gross. This year I think I actually hit on something quite tasty. Plus it was a great way to make a pan full with out some getting cold or over cooked being kept warm. I oven fried them. It was so simple and they came out fantastic. I made them exactly the same as always except instead of frying them I baked them on my silpat mat on a baking sheet in a 375˚ oven or about 20-25 minutes. The outside was crispy while the inside still had some firmness but was quite easy to cute and eat. I lived them but my boys? Not so much! Oh well at least they tried them.
Un Fried Green Tomatoes
**the amounts will vary depending upon the size of green tomatoes you are using so be ready to use more of any of the breading**
2-3 firm green tomatoes
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 sleeve of saltines, crushed
drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
pre-heat oven to 375˚
slice the green tomatoes in 1/4 inch slices, set aside top and bottom slices
arrange 4 bowls in a line
bowl #1 the milk
bowl #2 the flour
bowl #3 the eggs, beat them
bowl #4 the cracker crumbs
put your silpat in the baking sheet at the end of the line
start dredging your tomatoes, just go right on down the line and lay it on the silpat
once all the tomatoes are done drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
bake for at l5 minutes or until the bottoms are browning
turn and bake for at least another 10 minutes or until they brown up
These were so good, truly the best I have ever made. I think I'm going to hot sauce in the milk or eggs next time to add some zip.
What do you do with green tomatoes? I need some great suggestions. A real plus would be things I could can for use later in the winter.
Peace and Love,