This easy-fried green tomatoes recipe is inspired by the delicious fried green tomatoes served at the world-famous Whistle Stop Cafe.
Ever since I visited Georgia and explored the area that was made famous by the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, I have been craving this iconic southern treat. To be completely honest, I didn’t think I was going to like them but I gave them a try since I loved the movie so much.
I now know what all the fuss was about, fried green tomatoes are delicious!
They were so delicious that I started looking at the tomatoes in my garden in a whole new way. I began weighing my options with each fruit that the garden would produce. I wondered if I would ever let another tomato fully ripen or if I would pick them while they were green so I could make more fried green tomatoes.
While I can’t say these are the best fried green tomatoes because I would be a liar, they are in my opinion the second best, right after The Whistle Stop Cafe. There was something special about eating them inside of the location that made them famous and that experience just can’t be replicated.
But since I didn’t plan on heading back to Georiga anytime soon, I didn’t know when I would get another one. Since I was really craving them after looking through the pictures from our trip I tried out all of the local restaurants in the Cedar Rapids area with no luck. Unfortunately, nothing could live up to The Whistle Stop Cafe, which I can understand but nothing even came close. So I began experimenting with different recipes at home. One of them came from the cookbook I purchased in Juliette Georgia, right next to the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Unfortunately, that recipe didn’t come out as good as the ones at the cafe despite having The Whistle Stop Cafe right on the cover of the book. I’m not sure what went wrong but I am happy to say that I have experimented enough to find something that comes really close to the original.
Thankfully I had a ton of tomatoes in my garden this year and as the season is coming to a close, I was ready to pick them all whether they were green or not. So I gathered all of my supplies, and a few family members to taste test my experimental recipes, and got to work. I am happy to say that this recipe went over really well and I am no longer craving something that requires a plane trip to acquire.
This fried green tomato recipe is so delicious and easy to make! Use up all of those unripened garden tomatoes and treat yourself to this iconic food.
Don’t forget to whip up this creamy sauce for fried green tomatoes when preparing this recipe.
- 4 Green Tomatoes
- 1 1/2 Cup of Flour
- 1/2 Cup of Corn Meal
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Pepper
- 1 Cup of Buttermilk
- 1 Egg
- Bacon fat for frying
In a medium bowl beat the egg and buttermilk mixture until well combined. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together until well blended.
Cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
Dip the tomatoes in the egg mixture and then into the dry mixture. Set aside.
Continue to do this with all of the tomato slices.
Heat a frying pan with bacon grease until liquified.
Fry tomato slices in a single layer until browned, turning once with a pair of tongs carefully, not disturbing the breading.