fried green tomatoes

Who I am
Martí Micolau

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Contrary to what one might expect from such a simple dish, there is a little story behind this recipe, which is very popular and often prepared at home by Americans.

I Fried Green Tomatoes are known as a historic dish of the South, especially ofAlabama for the origins to which they are associated, but today they are widespread in all United States and are often prepared in Spain substituting them for eggplants.

The protagonists of the recipe, green tomatoes are a variety very sweet e less acidic of classic tomatoes, especially when they are ripe, in fact they are also softer.

The procedure foresees that they are immersed in one batter composed of eggs, buttermilk, salt, pepper and two types of flour, although of course different spices, herbs or seasonings can be added to the mixture, for example paprika, chilli, oregano or onions; the goal is to propose variants with a stronger flavor, according to personal tastes.

Following the right directions, the tomatoes should be fried in a very large but not too deep cast iron skillet, so that each side of the tomatoes can be fried easily; they are often accompanied by a sauce, which can be milk-based, with mayonnaise, mustard, jalapeños or even lemon and herbs.

Origins and curiosities

The first times this recipe appeared in some cookbooks date back tonineteenth century, oddly enough in some cities in the North of the United States, such as Ohio, Chicago o New York (moreover, one of these books was Hebrew, so there is no geographical certainty of the recipe).

It was the film that made this American favorite recipe so famous Fried green tomatoes at the train stop, a cult of American cinema that has won several Oscar awards. In fact, the film drew inspiration from the book Fried Green Tomatoes al Whistle Stop Café, written by Fannie Flagg.

The writer drew inspiration from a memory of her childhood at theIrondale Cafe in Alabama, since as a child she used to taste fried green tomatoes, still quite unknown compared to today: the success of the book and the film was such that the real Whistle Stop Cafè, which today is located in Atlanta city, he had to buy a deep fryer given the enormous curiosity that the author had aroused in both tourists and inhabitants.

Small curiosity: at the end of the book the writer had added the recipe for tomatoes, and later she also wrote a book on the typical dishes of the South of the United States, the Fannie Flagg’s Original Whistle-Stop Café Cookbook.

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Here is the recipe in its simple version!



  • 5-6 green tomatoes;
  • 100 g farina 00;
  • 2 eggs;
  • 100 g corn flour;
  • q.b. sale;
  • qb pepe;
  • to taste peanut oil.


To prepare fried green tomatoes, you start by washing the tomatoes; they are cut in the direction of the width so as to obtain slices about half a centimeter high. Then sprinkle with salt and let the vegetation water drain, placing them on a wire rack for about 30 minutes.

At this point, sift the corn flour and then the 00 flour in a bowl and mix everything well.
In another bowl, beat the eggs, add a pinch of salt and a sprinkling of pepper. After 30 minutes, take the previously cut slices of green tomatoes and pass them first in the egg and then in the bowl of flour.
We do a double breading, then we repeat the operation again.

For frying, we start by introducing a few pieces at a time into the boiling oil, so that the latter does not cool too much. Once the slices are colored on both sides, remove them with a slotted spoon and let them dry in absorbent paper so as to remove excess oil.

Ready to be served! 

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