As I was picking up my weekly bushel of red tomatoes at the farmer’s market earlier this week, (okay, it’s not actually a bushel, but sometimes it seems that way. Tomatoes don’t last long in our house), I spotted a pile of green tomatoes sitting demurely in the next bin. I brought three green tomatoes home and announce to the husband that I am making fried green tomatoes to go with our dinner. His eyes began to shine and twinkle, as is customary when I mention I am frying anything.
These tomatoes are extra crispy because they are coated first with flour, then dipped in eggs wash, and then finally dredged in a light and crispy panko bread crumb coating. Fried foods always taste better when paired with a dipping sauce, so I am including my recipe for comeback sauce. Similar to a spicy thousand island, it’s actually a salad dressing my husband’s family introduced me to when we started dating. However, we frequently use it for dipping all varieties of crunchy fried goodness.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes:
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 4 green tomatoes cut into 1/4-inch slices
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- Pinch paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
In a large skillet, preheat oil to 350 degrees.
Sprinkle both sides of tomatoes with kosher salt and pepper.
Mix the flour and garlic powder together in a shallow dish.
In a second dish, beat together eggs and milk. In a third dish, mix together bread crumbs, cayenne, and paprika.
Coat tomatoes with flour, then egg wash, then breadcrumbs.
Fry in batches until crisp and golden brown, about 2-3 mintues. Drain on paper towels.
In the meantime, combine comeback ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix with a wire whisk until well incorporated.