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
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!