If you will recall, I signed up for Grow Alabama. In one of my veg boxes, I had green tomatoes. I wasn't sure what to do with them. Fried green tomatoes are good but I've never been successful with trying to make them. I've been trying to eat more healthy and so I searched for an alternative and found Baked "Fried" Green Tomatoes.
This isn't the recipe I used and I don't remember the website I got mine from.
RECIPE for (UN) FRIED GREEN TOMATOES aka BAKED GREEN TOMATOESHands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 50 minutes
Serves 4 (assumed 1/2 a tomato a serving)
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon kosher salt (don't skimp on the salt)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or the pepper!)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pimento or sweet paprika (or cumin or maybe garam masala)
2 large green tomatoes, core removed in a V shape, sliced crosswise about 1/3 inch thick
Preheat oven to 400F.
Place a baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes to get it plenty hot.
Spray it with cooking spray.
Meanwhile, stir together the breading. Place the breading in a large shallow container,
the buttermilk in another. Slice the tomatoes. Once the baking sheet has been preheated, work quickly. Dip each tomato slice into the buttermilk, then into the breading. Arrange on the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the slices over. Bake another 10 minutes or until cooked clear through.
Serve hot, they don't improve! A'int that the truth I'd read someplace that buttermilk could be frozen but it would only be good for cooking when unthawed.
I used buttermilk that I'd frozen some time back when I'd needed buttermilk for another project. After unthawing, it didn't have the same consistency as originally. I put about a TBS of white vinegar and waited 5 minutes for the two to react.
I dipped the slices in the buttermilk one at a time.
I didn't have any cornmeal so I used bread crumbs. I placed in all of the seasonings except kosher salt. I used regular salt.
The next step was to spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
Place the breaded tomatoes in a single layer and brush with butter.
BTW- That's Reynolds nonstick foil I'm using. It lives up to its claim. I sprayed the foil anyway.
NOTE: If I brush with butter the coating will come off. Instead I put Parkay no calorie spray on each one. AS you can see, I poured and drizzled instead of sprayed.
Here is the final product.
Edible but not so great. Too tart.
My recipe didn't suggest using any sugar. The next time I'll try the above recipe.
Baked "Fried" Green Tomatoes