Friday, October 21, 2011

Fried Green Tomato BLT

I love fried green tomatoes and was intrigued by a recipe from Kelsey Nixon for Fried Green Tomato BLT.  This sandwich has lots of great zing.  I made the bacon on the foreman grill while I fried up the green tomatoes and along with French Fries it was a great meal for a busy weeknight.

We haven’t gotten any green tomatoes from the CSA, but maybe.  Thanks again to Grandma’s garden for the green tomatoes!
Thursday Menu – Fried Green Tomato BLT, French Fries
Farm Share Food – Arugula
Other Local Produce – Grandma’s Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomato BLT
Spicy Mayonnaise:
½ cup mayonnaise
1 T lemon juice
½ t Dijon mustard
salt, to taste
1/8 t cayenne pepper
Whisk ingredients together and store in fridge until it’s time to build the sandwiches.
Fried Green Tomatoes:
1 cup flour , divided
1 egg
¼ cup buttermilk
½ t baking powder
¼ t baking soda
½ cup cornmeal
salt, to taste
¼ t cayenne pepper
8 slices green tomato, about 2 medium tomatoes
oil for frying
In a shallow dish add ¼ cup flour.  In a second shallow dish beat the egg and add buttermilk, baking powder, and baking soda.  Stir to combine.  In a third shallow dish add ¾ cup flour, cornmeal, salt and cayenne pepper. 
Dredge the tomatoes in flour, egg mixture and then coat with cornmeal mixture.  Place on a wire cooling rack in a rimmed baking sheet until ready to fry.  Repeat for all the tomato slices.
Heat oil in a skillet and fry tomatoes until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.  Fry tomatoes in batches and allow to cool on another rack until it time to build the sandwiches.
1 pound turkey bacon, cooked
1 cup arugula, heavy, rough stems removed
8 slices of thick bread
Spread spicy mayo onto 2 slices of bread.  Add arugula and 2 fried green tomato slices to one side and bacon to the other.  Build 4 sandwiches. 

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