I LOVE, I mean LOVE fried green tomatoes in the summer. That luscious tart taste with that breading. Yep. Yum.
Even though I’m from the south and love a good fried dish, sometimes my tummy doesn’t agree with my taste buds. Fried food can be heavy. And…according to the people in charge of telling the rest of us how to be healthy, aka doctors, fried foods are not a good choice all the time.
Another thing is, I have a garden. It has LOTS of tomatoes growing right now and I can’t let those green ones I love go to waste.
So, lots of green tomatoes, and not needing fried food every day. You see my dilemma here.
Therefore I give you…Wait for it…C’mon, you know you want to say it with me…
The UN-Fried Green Tomato
It is so flavorful with Italian herbs like basil, parsley, and thyme. The bread crumbs are just enough bread to hold the seasonings, but not enough to make it heavy. The key to making it stick to the tomato is the egg wash. Crucial step. Trust me.
Just a teeny tiny few drops of olive oil on top are all that is needed to get that nice browning effect so you have crunch in every single bite.
But don’t take my word for it. I may not even be trustworthy. You’ve seen my other posts. Does this little frizzy haired freak look trustworthy to you? Ok, well, obviously I do know a little about good food, judging from those little arm rolls back in the day.
But seriously, try it out for yourself. You may have a new favorite!
Recipe for…UN-fried Green Tomatoes
2-3 medium sized unripe, green tomatoes
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 sprigs thyme leaves
1 tbs parsley leaves
3 basil leaves
1/2 tsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash and dry green tomatoes, trim ends. Slice into 1/4 inch slices. Lay on parchment paper on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle a small amount of salt on slices. Finely chop herbs. Beat egg in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine bread crumbs, herbs and the rest of the salt. Coat each tomato slice with egg, then dip into bread mixture to coat on both sides. Lay back onto parchment paper. Sprinkle each slice with a few drops of olive oil or mist with olive oil. Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown with a tender center.