I cooked some Fried Green Tomatoes last night.
No, I didn’t use Fannie Flagg’s recipe, which is just like the way my mom cooks them. (Slice the tomatoes, salt them on both sides to make them “sweat”, dip them in corn meal mixed with a little salt and pepper, fry.)
I opted for the way they make them at the Irondale Cafe, the real-life inspiration for the Whistle Stop Cafe in Fannie Flagg’s novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. (Fannie Flagg’s aunt ran the Irondale Cafe for many, many years.)
I took mixed 1 and 1/2 cups of flour with 1/2 cup of yellow corn meal and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Then I mixed in enough milk to make a thick batter. I had previously sliced the green tomatoes and salted them on both sides to make them sweat. I dipped them in the batter and fried them in canola oil. (Fannie Flagg’s original recipe calls for bacon grease, but fried foods are out of the box enough for us around here. Bacon grease is taking it a bit too far, IMHO.)
I liked them battered better than the cornmeal-only variety, but not everyone agreed. Our 10 year old loved them this way, but my wife said she prefers the (more traditional?) cornmeal-only variety. However, we both agreed we prefer fried okra of the cornmeal-flour-milk-batter variety to the cornmeal-only variety.
Thoughts? Anyone out there who has never tried fried green tomatoes? You need to get some green tomatoes this week and give it a try.
(BTW the nursing home Ninnie Threadgood lived in was based on the old Rose Manor Nursing Home that was on 4th Avenue South in East Lake.)