October 17, 2017

Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes

My tomato plants have recovered from their late summer droop and are not only perking up, but beginning to produce again.



If our first frost holds off I will be able to make another batch of pizza sauce! However, when my tomatoes look like this...


I think of fried green tomatoes! But frying is a bit of a bother - messy, time consuming, and using a lot of oil or fat. So I got to wondering, could I oven fry them instead? I oven fry okra and other veggies (roasted, actually), so why not green tomatoes?

Did it work? See for yourself.


Faster, easier, and just as tasty. Here's the recipe -

Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes

  • green tomatoes cut into quarter-inch slices
  • oil (Your choice. I used a combo of coconut and olive)
  • cornmeal, flour, or combination
  • salt, pepper, etc. to taste
Combine seasonings with cornmeal and/or flour. Coat tomato slices first in oil then in the flour mixture. Spread out on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400°F (200°C) for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately!

Even if our first frost doesn't hold off, maybe I should can a batch of green tomato slices too. I could oven-fry those for a winter treat too!

Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes © October 2017

18 comments:

majorasue said...

I chopped some green tomatoes & eggplant & oven roasted them before adding them to a duck yellow curry I made for myself. They were delish! I canned most of it for winter meals, and the eggplant will keep it safe from Kid the Elder, since he doesn't like it. So it's mine, all mine!

Leigh said...

Sue, LOL. Sounds really good. Did you can it all together with the sauce? You need to pick up blogging again and give us the recipe!

Ed said...

We've done them both ways and I definitely prefer the oven baked ones over the fried ones.

Theresa said...

I prefer oven baked anything to frying. Wonder if panko would give them a nice crisp boost mixed with the cornmeal...

Leigh said...

Ed, I definitely prefer them too. Now that I've tried them both!

Theresa, I think that would be a great idea. I've also thought about adding grated Parmesan cheese to that. I know it goes well with oven roasted potatoes.

Rain said...

Mmmmm...I've never tried those fried green tomatoes, but I'm so interested! I've bookmarked your recipe for next year!

Michelle said...

Those look so good!

M.K. said...

I tried fried green tomatoes once, and they were not good -- but your oven roasting method sounds like a great solution! Thanks.

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Now I'm hungry and wanting to watch the movie Fried Green Tomatoes as well. You and Kathy Bates, two of my favorites!

Leigh said...

Rain, it's be best green tomato recipe on the planet!

Michelle, and they were!

M.K. I seem to recall that my first batch of fried green tomatoes (must have been over a decade ago) was a disappointment as well. I'm not sure why. Then I made them again several years ago and they were delicious! Maybe it was the oil/fat I used back then, who knows? The oven version, however, is really good with less mess and less time.

Donna, LOL. I like Kathy Bates too. I'll have to check that movie out from the library and see if I can get Dan to watch it.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Dang, those look wonderful! Fried green tomatoes are among my favorites. I'll have to try those if I get my hand on some green tomatoes. A local restaurant serves them as an appetizer with stone ground cheese grits with a remoulade sauce. The serving is so big I order it as a meal.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

I should have had that recipe to try when my tomato plant fell over and all those green tomatoes fell off! Nancy

Leigh said...

Sue, me too! I could definitely make a meal of them!

Nancy, yes, this is a great way to use up those green tomatoes!

Kristina said...

Those look very good!

Sandy said...

Leigh,

When you said friend green tomatoes.....I thought of the movie!
I so love fried green tomatoes, my husband thinks I'm weird. He's never had them before. Your tomatoes are gorgeous!

Sam I Am...... said...

I love green fried tomatoes...the dish and the book and the movie! My daughter loves them too so I will share this healthier version with her. Thank you!

Leigh said...

Kristina, and they are! :)

Sandy, Bulldog Man has never had fried green tomatoes?! Oh, he's in for a treat. Dan was suspicious at first, but after one taste they quickly became a favorite.

Sam, I've never read the book! You're such an avid reader, I should follow your example. This version lets you control the fat, which is very nice indeed.

Renee Nefe said...

oooh I love fried green tomatoes. Next year I've got to get some rounder tomatoes...I keep buying romas because they're so useful, but they just aren't the same for fgt. ;) will have to try the oven fried.
also the book is so good, I actually own it. There are recipes in the back. The pecan pie is awesome! I also own the movie. I think I got them both either clearance or second hand.