I was around 11 years old when I first watched one of my Mum’s favourite films, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. If you haven’t seen it, you should, it’s a wonderful film. Ever since watching it, I’ve always been curious about what a fried green tomato might taste like, and yet it’s taken me 9 years to attempt it myself – and even now I haven’t used green tomatoes.
Over the weekend I really had a hankering for a fry-up. As you’ll know if you check in routinely, I’ve gone vegan for six weeks, so not only is bacon off the cards, eggs are too. Whilst standing at my fridge door and sighing (you all do it too so don’t even think about judging), I remembered Fried Green Tomatoes and figured now was as good a time as any to finally see what all the fuss was about. While we’re on the subject of my new vegan theme, let me know what you want to see over the coming weeks in the poll below!
Tomatoes are pretty good for you. Better than bacon, at least. People have been making a big old fuss lately about Lycopene, which is most commonly found in tomatoes. In fact, tomato pills could be lining up to be the next big thing in the health world, check out this article from the BBC to learn more about that. But taking a pill is nowhere near as fun as frying something (although granted when put like that it sounds a lot healthier) and it doesn’t taste amazing like these do, so stick with me, fry some tomatoes!
2 large beefsteak tomatoes
50-100g flour (this is just to put on a plate, do it by eye)
3 tbsps dried mixed herbs
shake of chilli flakes
pinch of salt and pepper
hemp oil for frying
- Get a big old serving plate out from the back of the cupboard and dust the cobwebs from it, then throw the flour, herbs, chilli and salt and pepper on there and mix it all up a little.
- Slice the tomatoes so that the slices are around 1cm or just over that thick.
- Place them on to the flour mixture, press down very gently (or else you’ll end up in a tomato seedy juicy mess) then turn ’em over and coat the other side, too.
- Heat about a tablespoon or two of hemp oil in a frying pan on a high heat, then fry the tomatoes for about three to four minutes on each side.
- Keep them moving and check them frequently to make sure they’re not burning, they’ll look golden brown on each side once they’re done. You’ll probably want to do this in batches unless you have the world’s largest frying pan.
- Drain off any excess oil on some kitchen paper then serve up.
- I recommend enjoying these with some chilli jam, I used Tracklements, it was an absolute dream.
I chowed down on these for my breakfast, but they’d work at brunch, lunch, as a snack, as a side at dinner, and I’m sure some of you out there would find a way to make these dessert-worthy. They’re a 10 minute job, pretty damn cheap and definitely delicious.
Your track recommendation for fried tomatoes is of course from the Fried Green Tomatoes soundtrack, it’s also an essential addition to a ‘just hanging out and eating breakfast’ playlist.
Thanks for reading x