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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Fried Green Tomatoes

Who hasn't seen the movie? Fannie Flagg started by writing a novel about the little cafe her great- aunt Bess owned in Irondale, Alabama. The title 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the WhistleStop Cafe' made the name known around the world. Many people have never tried frying green tomatoes; they are now being served in fancy restaurants- and hometown cafes alike.

October is the perfect time to pick those tomatoes while they are still green. The first frost is around the corner! The best tomatoes for frying are firm and green, any red spots and they won't do as well. Start by washing and slicing them into 1/4 inch thick slices- about 5 slices per tomato.
Here's our recipe:
Fried Green Tomatoes
3-4 green tomatoes
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 tsp salt & pepper
vegetable oil
Mix together flour, cornmeal, salt & pepper. Add enough milk to create a thick batter. Heat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet. Batter each tomato slice, and wipe off excess. Carefully place in hot oil, browning on both sides. (may or may not need turning, depending on the amount of oil) To cool, drain in a colander to keep tomatoes from becoming soggy. Salt to taste.

If you don't want to mix your own ingredients, we developed a batter mix that makes perfect fried green tomatoes every time. Find the batter mix at WhistleStop Cafe website We find that using a hot oil will actually make the tomatoes crispy, but not greasy. We also like to fry other things...try some dill pickle slices while you have the mess out!

Bye Y'all!


Eleisia said...

I loved the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes at the WhistleStop Cafe." Makes a great name for your web site too. The fried green tomatoes pictured with your recipe look delicious.

Eleisia at Two Moms in a Blog

Eleisia said...


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Sandi said...

Eleisia~ thanks for the comment!
I have to admit the picture of the fried green tomatoes is not one I will easily be able to tell the 'homemade' shots.
But I still like the pictures- just excuse the poor photography!
I will check your blog!

maryellengrace said...

hi sandi,

i'm just about to start with the fannie flagg book. i've been tied up with my work.

i really do hope that i can check out your family's cafe in the near future.

thanks for visiting my blog. i've added you on my blogroll.


Linda said...

as soon as I saw the name of your blog I knew this recipe had to be on here :) This is a weakness to any southern girl :) I love all of the pictures on your blog... the one of the tomatoes made my stomache growl. I will be making these as soon as they're back in season.

Lisa said...

I like how you use less cornmeal than flour in the batter. The recipe I used had equal amounts of each, and I think I would like it better with less corn, more flour. Tagging your recipe for next time!

tammy said...

I'm making these tomorrow. Woo hoo!

Anonymous said...

just made them tonight for the first time and they came out perfectly! even my best friend (who normally hates tomatoes) loved them. i used them to make fried green blt sandwiches-yum. i cooked up the bacon and then fried the toms in the bacon fat-DELICIOUS!

pharmer1 said...

Great recipe. This one's easier than the four step one I tried first.

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Luisa said...

Beautiful movie......
This is a great recipe, and a wonderful blog.
I was looking for a good "green fried tomatoes" recipe, and I found your blog. For sure this is the recipe I will prepare, and for sure I will come back and visit again.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I could just hug your neck for all of these wonderful recipes! I am just now learning to cook. I had a lengthy list of recipes I wanted to find, and you had them all!
Your'e a lifesaver!

Wish me luck!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I could hug your neck too!

Yappa said...

This is how my Memphis-area grandmother taught me to make fried green tomatoes:

Slice tomatoes and dredge in stone-ground white cornmeal. Place on a cookie sheet. Put in freezer till firm. At this point you can use them, or transfer them to a freezer bag to store in the freezer (they keep fine for months).

Fry in a frying pan with some oil. The trick is to fry them frozen - they get nice and crisp on the outside without getting too cooked on the inside.

Anonymous said...

I made these today and they were wonderful thank you for posting the recipe!!

Todd Chesser said...

I'm so glad I found this recipe. I lived about a mile from the Irondale Cafe for 10+ years and made sure I visited at least once a week. I now live in Chicago and I do so miss the cuisine. I'm going to cook a mess of these up for my wife.

Marcel Dias Pitelli said...

Thanks a lot for that recipe! I´ve just seen 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the WhistleStop Cafe' and i never get bored with it. Have also created my own blog, in portuguese and guess i´m gonna put that recipe in there. A very good indeed!

Anonymous said...

In my culinary journey I was able to work about a year at the Whistlestop Cafe for Jim Dolan with Mary Banks...
There is alot of hard work that goes with producing country cooking but it was an experience I still share with people today.
I consider myself blessed to have been able to experience the love and dedication that I learned with my employment there.
Wesley Mead

Tylene said...

Here in So Cal, my tomato plant was still producing tomatoes! They will never get ripe, so I uprooted the plant today and I made fried green tomatoes using your recipe! They were delicious! Love your blog! Happy New Year!

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chickadeecj said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe,,, Fried Green Tomatoes is my favorite movie, and I knew one day I'd find the recipe, so I could try them :) I fried a mess of them tonight and they turned out delicious! Made a BLT for my DH out of them and he thought they were pretty darn scrumptious! :)

Garret said...

Great Post! Thank you!

With the garden tomatoes just about ready to pick this was the perfect recipe read!

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