California Central Coast Recipes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes is so simple and straight-forward you hardly need a recipe! With cool growing conditions for tomatoes here on the Central Coast of California (although great for wine grapes!), many of us unfortunately have an abundance of green or nearly-ripe tomatoes on the vine. This recipe answers the question "what to do with them". And after you taste these after they're cooked, you'll be happy that you're fortunate to have green tomatoes available! They almost taste like mini-pizzas! ©2018, Fried Green Tomatoes
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
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1 pound Nearly Ripe Tomatoes
1/2 cup milk , (optional)
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese , grated
1 Tablespoons fresh marjoram , chopped
Salt and Pepper , to taste
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Butter

Preparation Directions.

1 Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices

2 Mix together in a shallow bowl, the flour, bread crumbs, marjoram, Parmesan Cheese and salt and pepper to taste.

3 If the tomatoes are dry to help the flour mixture adhere, first dip the slices into the milk, then dip them into the flour-bread crumb mixture. If the tomatoes are near ripe you probably will not need the milk

4 In a skillet over medium high heat, heat the olive and butter. Add the tomato slices without crowding and saute each side until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.

5 Serve immediately

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

The tomatoes will have a nice acidity but mild taste. so serve with a well chilled white wine like a California Chardonnay or a classic Rhone style white blend.

A tip from Sue!

Mark perishable ingredients

When ever you bring home a brand new spice, oil, vinegar, flour, sugar or other perishable ingredient, mark the bottle/container with the day’s date with a felt tip pen. Most "permanent markers" will write on just about any container.

That way if you don’t use it very much, but it’s been opened, you know how fresh it is. For an important meal don’t “submarine yourself” by using past expiration ingredients that have long lost their fresh taste and flavor.