Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes

I must preface this post with a confession…I do not really care for tomatoes. There I said it. However, I do love me a fried green tomato! I also love basil and balsamic vinegar..so here are two recipes that utilize all of these.

First up Fried Green Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • green tomatoes (any large variety; roma or grape tomatoes will not do)
  • Corn meal (you can use AP flour as well but I like the crunch it gives)
  • Butter milk *you can take a cup of regular milk and add Tbsp white vinegar let sit for 5 minutes as well
  • Salt  & pepper
  • Canola oil for frying

 

Slice the tomatoes about quarter of an inch thick and place in large bowl. Pour butter milk over tomatoes to cover and let sit about 5 minutes.

While your tomatoes are soaking in buttermilk pour about an inch of oil in skillet and heat to medium. Now get a dish and pour corn meal in (I use a pie pan). Place some salt and pepper in with corn meal and mix well.

Now take 1 to 3 tomatoes out of milk, shake excess off, and place in corn meal. Turn over and pat so meal will stick to it.

 

Then gently place in oil. To make sure your oil is hot enough take little pinch of corn meal and toss into oil, if it sizzles your good to go. When you start frying the tomatoes do not put a lot in pan, you want enough room to be able to flip them.

Once both sides of the tomatoes are golden brown (you can not walk away from these or they will burn) place on paper towels and sprinkle with sugar or sugar substitute (splenda). Some people like salt but I prefer little sweet with the slight bitterness and tang from the tomatoes.


Next is my version of Bruschetta (which by the way bruschetta doesn’t meat tomato salad it actually refers to the toasted bread you place it on). So because I am actually focusing on the tomatoes I am calling it Cherry Tomato Salad.

Ingredients

  • tomatoes (I used cherry here)
  • Basil
  • Garlic cloves
  • half of sweet onion
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • S&P

Watch out this one is tricky….Cut tomatoes in half or in bite size pieces if using larger ones, place in bowl. Dice up onion, basil, garlic then place all of it into a bowl. Sprinkle with S&P, drizzle with good couple of Tbsp of olive oil, a drizzle or two of balsamic vinegar, and consume; or let sit on counter for 10 minutes to let flavors marry. We eat this on bread, crackers, spoons. Yup it’s that good. Enjoy!

 

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