I’m a firm believer in the healing power of good food, perhaps not always a physical remedy but certainly able to perk up my spirits. Whether you are cooking for yourself, sharing with others, or a guest at someone else’s table a well-prepared meal is sure to cure what ails you, and some foods seem to be more potent than others. For instance, fried green tomatoes have long been regarded as a spiritual health tonic.
I adapted this recipe for fried green tomatoes from one I received from the California Tomato Commission. Olive oil replaces the traditional lard or vegetable oil, which just increases the healing power!
- Category: Side Dishes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 salt
- 1 dried basil
- 1/2 ground black pepper
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- 12 to 24 slices meaty tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick about 3 to 6 tomatoes
- 2 large eggs
- 3 olive oil
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Make sure the tomatoes you select are firm and meaty, not too juicy.
- Green tomatoes will work as well.
- I prepared this recipe with 24 tomato slices, but the tomatoes were pretty small.
- If you have large fruits, you may need only 6 to 10 slices.
- In your first bowl combine flour, dried basil, salt and pepper.
- In the second bowl mix the breadcrumbs, corn meal and Parmesan.
- and in the last bowl mix the eggs.
- Give them a good stir so that the whites and yolks are well incorporated.
- Dip the tomato slices in the flour and gently knock off any excess.
- Now dip the floured tomato in the egg mixture, allowing the excess to drip off and finally in the breadcrumbs and Parmesan.
- Place the coated tomato slices on a cookie sheet or other flat surface and continue the process until all the tomatoes are breaded.
- Dust the tomatoes lightly with extra crumbs.
- In a frying pan heat the olive oil over a medium-high flame.
- Working with as many slices that will fit into the pan without crowding, cook the tomatoes 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side or until the breading turns a nice golden brown.
- Wash your figs and remove the stems.