California Central Coast Recipes

Fried Green Tomatoes

2017 TheRomanticTable.com
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!


www.theromantictable.com 2017, Fried Green Tomatoes
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
MAKES 4 SERVINGS.
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Ingredients.

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!

Eating well with no guilt!

For those health-conscious, alternate a "healthy meal" just before and after a "splurge meal." You can enjoy the food much more when you're not plagued by guilt! And this keeps you on a self-imposed "mini-diet" and maintains your weight much better than if you haphazardly eat at random.