Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Yankees Try Cooking LowCountry Style

When I was in South Carolina this spring,
we found the food simply delicious.
One of our favorites was the traditional
fried green tomato.

 A fried green tomato BLT with grits at Hominy Grill

Ever since the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes", 1991,
I had wondered about  fried green tomatoes.
Being from the suburbs of Detroit City
and now the foothills of the Rockies,
my family didn't do green tomatoes,
we only ate and canned the ripe ones.

But since we had enjoyed them so much on vacation,
we decided to try making them ourselves.
Looking for any regional type recipe is very interesting.
Everyone has their take on it.
Flour, or cornmeal.
White cornmeal or yellow cornmeal.
Buttermilk or milk 
regular flour or self rising flour
egg or no egg
How's a Yankee girl like me suppose to figure it out?

We decided to just go for it.
It couldn't be hard.

Well, the hardest part was finding green tomatoes.

No one around here wants to sell green tomatoes.
But I finally found them at the farmer's market.
Must have been a booth on the south side of the market.

So we
sliced them.

Sprinkled salt and pepper on them and let
the salt draw out any extra moisture.

Then dipped them in self rising flour, an egg and buttermilk
wash, and then flour again.

Fried them in a cast iron skillet for a couple of minutes.
They turned out pretty good.

Nice and crispy of the outside and the tomato was soft in the inside.

Any suggestions from anyone who knows that I should be doing?

It's fun to try new dishes and do a little experimenting.
Buon Appetito!
Until Next Time-


  1. love the movie, i would give the tomatoes a try!

  2. I love fried green tomatoes, loved the book and the movie too.
    Kyle, good guess but no I was not hiding out on the Poudre.